This afternoon the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution for Hank Skinner. But it's a mixed bag. The court issued the stay to allow time to consider whether to grant DNA testing, not to actually grant DNA testing. Why not just test the DNA? What have they got to lose?
The court order states in part, "Because the DNA statute has changed, and because some of those changes were because of this case, we find that it would be prudent for this Court to take time to fully review the changes in the statute as they pertain to this case."
Consider away! Bottom line is that if there is even the slightest chance that Hank Skinner is not guilty of the crime for which he is to be executed, we need to test the DNA!
Thanks to all of you who have been making phone calls and signing petitions in the interest of justice. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.