- Tim Cole sat in prison while another man kept silent about the truth ... finally, he tried to confess, but no one would listen
- Search for a Lubbock rapist sends family on nightmare journey
- Tim Cole's family gets DNA report telling them what they already knew
And I can't do any better than the Avalanche Journal editorial board in answering the question, "So where do we go from here?"
Who's to blame?
- The case against Mr. Cole weighed heavily on the victim's identification ... but this was also someone who was traumatized.
- The police and district attorney's office believed they had the right man based on the processes they used at the time.
- Mr. Johnson, for not telling the truth?
- What about the system that didn't believe Mr. Johnson's confession when he tried?
It's not one person or agency's fault. In this case it's the whole system.
See additional, effective coverage of the case from Cole's hometown paper, the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
- A court of record must officially declare Mr. Cole was innocent.
- This case needs to be ripped open to find out what went wrong ... if only to better understand how it happened to help ensure it does not happen again. How could a man's confession ... especially when it affects another prisoner ... go unheeded for so long?
- And finally, someone owes Mr. Cole's family an apology.
Conflict alert: As mentioned earlier, I recently accepted employment as a paid policy consultant for the Innocence Project of Texas which represents Cole's family, but do not participate in IPOT's legal work.