Thursday, August 15, 2019

Podcast: Ranking the greatest American prison songs, a crowd-sourced exoneration out of Tyler, and other stories

Check out the August episode of the Reasonably Suspicious podcast. We've got a special treat this month, with Texas Monthly's Michael Hall stopping by to tell us about the latest innocence case he's been covering out of Tyler, and a special segment in which he and I rank the greatest American prison songs

Here's what's on tap this month:

Top Story: 
Hemp SNAFU led to de facto natural decrim experiment for marijuana in many counties.

Texas Monthly's Michael Hall tells the story of an actual innocence case out of Tyler that was broken open by a Michigan podcaster.

Scott and Michael Hall rank the greatest American prison songs. Go here for a YouTube playlist of all the songs we discussed, plus some from Scott's list that didn't make it into the podcast.

The Last Hurrah:
* DPS intel chief who warned of Mexican rapists arrested for sexual assault
* Texas House members create criminal-justice reform caucus
* Harris County bail lawsuit settled

As always, I've ordered a transcript of the podcast and will post it when it comes back.


Anonymous said...

Not that anyone really cares about the Forensic Science Commission activities, but they put out a statement regarding mj...

Hey Lynn, got that Annual Report done yet?

Steven Michael Seys said...

The biggest difference between Smith County and Dallas County is that Smith county routinely destroys evidence after a conviction is final while Henry Wade began a program of holding every smidgeon of evidence in the hope of using it to gain new convictions in the future. Where there is no evidence, there can be no forensic DNA testing on that evidence. Now isn't that convenient?

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake, the Dallas County crime lab SWIFS loses evidence all the time, usually if it's critically important for proving actual innocence. Moreover, there is rampant blood and semen contamination that usually goes undocumented, or the documentation of a contamination event is delayed until well past usefulness (i.e. well beyond a secured trial conviction or plea bargain agreement.) So they might retain the evidence, but there is a good chance that is was mishandled, contaminated, and unreliable for truth of evidence from a crime scene.

SWIFS is much, much worse than most crime labs. There's plenty of documentation, maybe.

Anonymous said...

Allow me to suggest Merle Haggard's underrated "Huntsville." Beautiful period production. Nice, specific, evocative Texas stuff in the lyrics. And there's always some ambiguity lurking in these things---is he really gonna bolt at all costs, or is he just telling himself stories about what he's gonna do.