Tim O'Brien on Herrera v. Collins

ABC's Weekend World News - 4 October 1992
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Transcript for Tim O'Brien on Herrera v. Collins
Eleven years ago two police officers were shot to death in Texas -- and aloe -- was convicted of both murders and sentenced to die. But new evidence now suggests it was -- l.s brother Raoul who committed the crimes. He divulge this information to me and told me he won -- know. In case something ever happened to him. So he told -- himself that he committed these murders. Raoul was shot to death in 1984 in an unrelated incidents shortly after he died his son stated under oath. That he watched as his father nobly and L killed both officers. It may be too late. Under Texas law newly discovered evidence must be produced within thirty days of a conviction to get a new trial. Perez lawyer this week -- -- the Supreme Court to rule that such time limits cannot be applied in death penalty case. -- the basis of that is a fundamental at the moment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. We do not execute innocent people. The ranks of death row in the US have swelled to more than 2500 inmates. Texas backed by the Bush Administration. Says they'll be there forever -- inmates like -- that I can put off their executions indefinitely by raising new claims of innocence. No one feels more strongly about that -- relatives of the victims. It's -- hurt bad bets deep down you know it is just being carried on and on and on and on. Win re going to be able to put cover on that hurt and just -- In each state the governor may grant clemency but is that sufficient protection for an inmate facing the death penalty. The Supreme Court must -- the desire to -- -- some finality to a jury's verdict against the risk of executing an innocent person. Tim O'Brien ABC news that the Supreme Court.

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