Thursday, February 8, 2018

Amy Joyce: 
  Henry Wade was a murderer

  • Amy Joyce 
    To:Ralph Cinque, the Wizard
    Feb 8 at 12:24 PM

    That's my honest opinion.  Wade manipulated his position as an enforcer of the law in order to have people killed.   Gerhard Falk wrote that Wade actually bragged that he was able to convince juries to send innocent people to prison and even to the ''death house".   I just started reading about this yesterday and am now even more appalled than I was.

    When Henry Wade Executed an Innocent Man
    “The legendary DA ran a conviction machine that got results. In 1954, he persuaded a jury to send Tommy Lee Walker to the electric chair just three months after his arrest. But a new look at the case reveals one of the greatest injustices in Dallas history.”
    Guess who the lead investigator was?   Captain Will Fritz “wrung” a false confession (Ruby and Frazier come to mind) out of Walker after threatening to “bring in the men from upstairs”.  Fritz also lied about leads.  He claimed to have had witnesses of Lee’s guilt and ignored a witnesses that said Lee wasn’t even there. Henry Wade resumed similar tactics against the suspect.  There are many more details in the article. It’s unbelievable .  

    After Dallas DA's death, 19 convictions are undone
    "But now, seven years after Wade's death, The Chief's legacy is taking a beating.
    Nineteen convictions, three for murder and the rest involving rape or burglary, won by Wade and two successors who trained under him have been overturned after DNA evidence exonerated the defendants. About 250 more cases are under review.
    No other county in America and almost no state, for that matter, has freed more innocent people from prison in recent years than Dallas County, where Wade was DA from 1951 through 1986."

    Former Dallas County prosecutor saw firsthand 'the callous attitude' that led to wrongful convictions under Henry Wade 
    "As a former prosecutor in the Dallas County district attorney's office, he knows how easily a wrongful conviction could have happened."
    "I saw how it happened when I was with the DA's office. I saw the callous attitude that we had. I saw the flippancy toward these cases where the evidence was flimsy at best."
    "There was a cocky joke within the DA's office back then: Anybody can convict a guilty person. Convicting the innocent is the trick."

    Book:  Henry Wade's Tough Justice: How Dallas County Prosecutors Led the Nation in Convicting the Innocent

    Dallas County leads Texas in exonerations and Texas leads the U.S  with over 300.  Most false convictions occurred under the leadership of Henry Wade!  How many were also investigated Captain Fritz?  Were detectives such as Leavelle, Graves, and Dhority also involved?  Perhaps even Lt. Day was an expert witness regarding fingerprints or fibers.   

    Book: The American Criminal Justice System
    "During his long tenure, Wade was responsible for the wrongful conviction of hundreds of innocent citizens.  Included were several men who were given the death penalty only to be exonerated years later..."
    Among those are Vernon Mcmanus, convicted of murder in 1977.  Also in 1977, Randall Dale Adams was convicted of killing a Dallas police officer and sentenced to die even though prosecutors knew that David Harris was guilty of the killing. 

    Long-time Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, whose tenure in office spanned the years 1951 to 1987, once told an assistant prosecutor, “If you ever put another n****r on a jury, you’re fired.” An office manual first written in 1963 instructed Dallas County prosecutors not to “take Jews, Negroes, Dagos, Mexicans or a member of any minority race on a jury, no matter how rich or how well educated.”

    18 Dallas County cases overturned by DNA relied on heavily eyewitness testimony
    "If a victim later believes that a suspect, such as someone seen in a lineup, was the attacker, the brain can rewrite history and create a false memory that is as vivid and convincing as if it were real.
    In such cases, witnesses can give false testimony with complete confidence. And nothing convicts like a confident eyewitness."
    "An eight-month review by The News of previously closed prosecution files found, however, that the faulty identifications were the predictable consequences of a criminal justice system that ignored safeguards meant to protect the innocent. The files reveal a law-and-order machine that focused on securing and bolstering eyewitness testimony, regardless of the victim's doubt or the lack of corroborating evidence."

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