Really? You don't think it might have gone wrong when police showed Michele Mallin a photo array with five black and white mug shots as fillers and a color Polaroid of the suspect? Or when they prosecuted Tim Cole, a nonsmoking asthmatic, even though all the victims including Mallin said the rapist was a chain smoker?
Though he has not conducted a review of the case, [Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matthew] Powell did not blame police and prosecutors when asked where the case went wrong.
"Where it went wrong is you had a victim who picked him out of a lineup," he said.
Can you imagine the arrogance? Powell admits he has not reviewed the case, but categorically denies any police or prosecutor error and blames the victim instead.
MORE: I wasn't able to be in court on Thursday so I didn't hear Michele Mallin's testimony describing what an investigator from the Lubbock DA's office said about Timothy Cole's false conviction, but it's nearly as offensive as Matt Powell's comments. From the Lubbock Avalanche Journal:
Mallin described her shock last spring to learn from one of the original investigators on the case that police had had another suspect, that Cole had died in prison from an asthma attack, and that he had not raped her.
She began to cry, alone in her home, overwhelmed with guilt as investigator George White gave her the news, she testified.
"'You shouldn't feel bad about this, Michele,'" she said White told her. "'[Cole] let himself be in that lineup.'"
She said he later added, "It's OK. He had asthma. He was going to die anyway."
To hear the Lubbock authorities tell the tale, everybody was to blame except them. What's wrong with these people?