- Pam Colloff, Texas Monthly: Overton judge finds no new evidence of innocence
- John MacCormack, SA Express-News: Judge rejects claims in salt poisoning case
- Michelle Villareal, Corpus Christi Caller-Times: State district judge offers Hannah Overton recommendation, sends case to appeals court
Grits argued before that Governor Perry should simply pardon Overton if the habeas writ doesn't go her way, and given this opinion I think that more strongly than ever. What the judge has said is he thinks Overton received a fair trial. We'll find out down the line if the Court of Criminal Appeals agrees. Even if she did, though, her actual-innocence claims are strong enough that the Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Perry should at least commute her sentence. An honest assessment of the scientific testimony in her case cannot justify imprisonment unto death.