Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TX blood spatter case featured on Anderson Cooper

Dave Mann at the Texas Observer emails to say:
I wanted to let you know that Anderson Cooper is scheduled to air a segment tonight on a disputed Texas case—the murder conviction of Warren Horinek that was based on apparently faulty blood spatter evidence.

We first wrote about Horinek's case late last year.

Here's my post on it: http://www.texasobserver.org/contrarian/cnn-explores-warren-horinek-case

And the original story: http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/a-bloody-injustice


Anonymous said...

"...the Arnetts and their attorney, Mike Ware, decided to circumvent the district attorney’s office. Ware knew about a rarely used quirk in Texas law that allows any concerned person to bring evidence before a grand jury. While there was little physical evidence of murder, the grand jury found Ware’s presentation convincing..."

Does anyone know, is this the same Mike Ware who works for the Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit, looking into cases of wrongful conviction?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Probably. He left the DA's office over the summer, though, fwiw.

Anonymous said...

To 04:06:00:

Yes. It is the same Mike Ware.

Anonymous said...

This doesn't sound so much like a situation of bad science as much as bad defense (no rebuttal expert) and just a plain bad jury decision. There was clearly sufficient evidence (scientific and otherwise) for reasonable doubt but the jury just chose to ignore it. Couldn't the judge have nullified the verdict because it was so obviously out of line with the evidence? Or is it only on TV that that happens??

Lynne said...

Is there a link to the CNN airing on this story? I would love to see it.