Lapointe hearing August 3, 2010

Rick Green wrote a new blog post about the habeas hearings in the case of Richard Lapointe. We both believe that Lapointe deserves a new trial.

“They say justice delayed is justice denied, but if our judicial system can finally admit that Richard Lapointe deserves a new trial after nearly two decades, I suppose another six months may not matter so much.” We will need to be patient and wait because “after post-trial briefs are written and filed, it will be early 2011 before Judge Nazzaro makes his ruling, which very likely will become the most significant and difficult of the judge’s career. It’s almost certainly Lapointe’s last shot at freedom.”

Vidocq agrees.

It is worth waiting for the final word of Judge Nazarro. But, I await the judge’s decision with angst.

I have been a Lapointe supporter since the beginning of the case and can give you many reasons why this man was railroaded and deserves a new trial. But, that would mean that I’d be repeating myself. I have a string of posts dedicated to Lapointe here on DCC. You can find them here and also by clicking on “Lapointe” in the categories’ section in the right margin.

What drew me initially to his case? I could not believe that a man, who’d get dizzy when he lifted a bucket half filled with water could lash out so violently and have the strength to do what Mrs. Martin’s murderer did. If Lapointe cannot run or jog, even if his life depended on it, how could he have lifted Mrs. Martin? If this man’s career was in dishwashing how could he have had the know-how to wipe off surfaces he supposedly had touched that fatal night?

Make Lapointe look fast from right to left and back and he is dizzy. But according to the time lines from the state this man was able to run-attack-murder-and wipe clean an apartment in a very short period of time. Then he jogged back home where his then-wife found him without sweat on his shirt, not dizzy at all and not in the least confused. I just don’t buy that.

I find it hard to believe that in such an advanced country as the USA access to post-conviction DNA and extensive DNA testing for prisoners is not a right. I know that by this time some of you will want to interrupt and discuss procedure with me. I know. I studied law.

But, there are times in life that procedure isn’t everything. Executing a prisoner without extensive DNA testing does not make sense.

Letting the conviction stand in the case of Richard Lapointe does not make sense.