On Friday, June 1, the State of Texas filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in which it agreed to DNA testing for death row inmate Hank Skinner. Read more in the Texas Tribune.
Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner and Visiting Clinical Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, issued the following statement in response to the filing:
“In 2000, the State squandered an opportunity to pursue full and fair DNA testing when it excluded Mr. Skinner’s legal team from any role in such decisions. Texans expect accuracy in this death penalty case, and the procedures to be employed must ensure their confidence in theoutcome. To that end, all determinations about how and by whom the evidence will be handled and tested must be entirely transparent, with both parties involved at every step.
“We look forward to cooperating with the State to achieve this DNA testing as promptly as possible.”
Rob Owen, attorney for Hank Skinner
Visiting Clinical Professor, Northwestern School of Law
June 1, 2012