Skip to comments.Santae Tribble Exonerated for 1978 Slaying
Posted on 12/16/2012 12:15:18 AM PST by nickcarraway
A judge has formerly declared the innocence of a Washington man who spent 28 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.
Fifty-one-year-old Santae Tribble's long fight for exoneration ended Friday when a judge granted his request for a certificate of innocence. The judge wrote that there is "clear and convincing evidence" that he didn't commit the crimes he was convicted of.
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Everyone knows Tribble is just a harmless lovable little fuzzball.
That’s the trouble with tribbles.
Thanks heaps for the bad testimony, FBI.
“DNA was used to prove that the hair was not Tribble’s.”
Tests which could deal with this small a quantity of DNA didn’t come on the scene until much later than the trial. What had been done, sounds like the old “science,” such as it was, of hair characteristics. Today, per USSC, testimony based on science has to be based on the best science available to man. Except for one method of identification: fingerprinting. The old methods are still grandfathered in: a fingerprint expert either declares a match or non-match, rather than a likelihood of match. For now.
It would be curious to see how much of state resources were spent on lawyering against a court re-opening the hair identification issue once capable tests became available. At least police kept the hair and were honest and competent enough not to lose it, which would have rendered any challenge impossible.
I don't know how I would react if I were Tribble. Having spent my entire life behind bars and obviously gotten used to it, I might be inclined to shoot the prosecutor then plea bargain for time served..........
Here’s a man who needs some prayers and support as he tries to put his life together. God bless you, Mr. Tribble.