Here are a few odds and ends Grits would blog about in more detail if I had more time.
'The first innocent man'
Robert Wilonsky at UnFair Park offers "A belated farewell to The Thin Blue Line's Randall Dale Adams, "The first innocent man." Wilonsky doesn't mean that Adams was the first innocent man convicted in Texas, by any means, but that "he's the beginning of the modern day parade of exonerees -- the way they're treated, thought of and talked about upon release." Relatedly, I'd neglected to mention that Gov. Perry signed legislation to allow Anthony Graves to be compensated, along with other non-habeas cases where prosecutors agree a false conviction has occurred. More on Adams: From Cary Clack at the SA Expresss-News.
Haunting Rick Perry
Ta-Nehisi Coates argues in the New York Times that a Rick Perry presidential campaign would be haunted by Todd Willingham's ghost. My feeling: Perry believes it will help him in a Republican primary, which is all he's concerned with winning. He probably can't beat Obama straight up without some type of extraordinary 2010-style momentum beyond his control, so Perry's most realistic hope for becoming President lies with focusing on winning the GOP primary, then be the one who happens to be there when Obama loses, which given the state of the economy and perennial Democratic ineptitude, isn't a bad strategy.
Jail doctor's contract: Minimize hospital transports of seriously ill inmates
In Wichita Falls, the Times Record News describes litigation by the family of a deceased Wichita County Jail inmates who was allegedly denied access to medical attention. The suit alleges that minimizing access to health services was a contractual obligation for the jail doctor. Dr. Daniel "Bolin's 'cost-saving' and 'low price' contract, the suit claims, specifically instructed him to try to minimize transport of people in custody who suffer from serious medical conditions unless or until a patient's condition was near-death," reported the Times Record News.
Mexico hopes military less corrupt than local cops
Soldiers are replacing allegedly corrupt municipal police in much Tamaulipas, Mexico's northeastern most state.
An American face on the argument for foreigners' rights
Here's an example showing why I wished Gov. Rick Perry and the Court of Criminal Appeals took Vienna Convention rights of foreigners a little more seriously in Texas' justice system. If for whatever reason I found myself stranded in a Mexican jail at some point, I don't want anyone to give Mexico any excuses not to afford me every right a US citizen has coming to them, which means doing the same for Mexicans.
A poop too far
Grits argued this week that using DNA technology to solve burglaries and other nonviolent crimes would put too great a strain on crime labs. Imagine if the technology were used to find out whose dog pooped in your yard!
Plug for CURE fan drive
Bob Ray Sanders at the Startlegram makes a plug for donations to Texas CURE to purchase fans for indigent Texas inmates