Saturday, March 20, 2004

The expendable man

Yesterday at the BLI meeting, the most interesting part was the provocative lecture by the author of An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington, Jr. The author, Margaret Edds, was I think nervous yet determined in her remarks before a roomful of judges and lawyers, and her presentation was one I won't soon forget. I may have to buy the book.

The Richmond paper has this article ("Judge unseals files on rapist," 3/20/04) on the court-ordered release of law enforcement records about the man shown by DNA tests to be the likely perpetrator of some crime against Rebecca Williams, the woman Washington was convicted of murdering. The AP reports here on continued efforts to clear Washington's name finally and completely.

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