Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins should be the DA in every county, or at least someone like him. Not only did he establish the first Conviction Integrity Unit in the country to look at wrongful convictions by his office, he’s now asking that an execution be delayed so they can get the results of DNA testing back:
The execution of a man early next month for the slaying of a Dallas woman at her apartment more than 20 years ago has been delayed.
Dallas County prosecutors asked a judge to withdraw the June 6 execution date for 39-year-old Bobby Lee Hines because results of additional DNA testing in his case won’t be available by then. District Court Judge Don Adams in Dallas approved the request Friday.
Far too often, prosecutors fight against any attempt to exonerate someone their office got convicted because they want everyone to believe that the system is infallible and always gets it right. Watkins actually gives a damn about justice. Wish more would.