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    TX - Linda Carty Texas Death Row inmate

    The case of Death Row inmate Linda Carty has become a "cause celebre" in the UK. It seems that Linda is a British Subject. The claim is that she is factually innocent and is being railroaded. Apparently she has run out of appeals and is in real danger of execution.

    All of the sources I have found present the case in a "pro-defendant" light. The prosecution's theory of the crime is that Linda arranged to have three aquaintances kill the victim in order to "steal" her three day old baby and claim it as her own; apparently in hopes of persuading her boyfriend not to leave her. The three aqaitances testified against her and did not get the DP. There was no physical evidence. The primary evidence against her was her boyfriend who claimed that she said she was pregnant with his child in the months leading up to the killing. There was also a neighbor who claimed that she said she was pregnant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Carty

    http://www.fairtrials.net/cases/spotlight/linda_carty/
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    In a rare post-conviction hearing ordered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, four witnesses testified last week that they were coerced and threatened by a pair of Harris County veteran prosecutors in a case that sent a Houston woman to death row 14 years ago.

    Linda Carty, a former teacher and ex-DEA informant, was sentenced to die after prosecutors convinced a jury that she organized three men to invade an apartment and kidnap her neighbor, Joana Rodriguez, all in order to snatch Rodriguez's newborn baby in May 2001.

    But in the hearing, prosecutors Connie Spence and Craig Goodhart were accused of destroying case notes and emails, of hiding at least 18 recorded witness statements from Carty's original defense team, and of coercing testimony to ensure Carty got a death sentence. A retired DEA agent testified that he was threatened by Spence. A star prosecution witness claims the pair instructed him to lie in a series of private meetings.

    (...)

    Texas and federal courts have denied Carty's prior appeals. But her newer claims of prosecutorial misconduct were found worthy of further review by the Court of Criminal Appeals in February 2015. (...)

    Testimony is expected to conclude Tuesday. After that, Garner said he will hear closing arguments, review evidence and issue findings later this summer on whether to accept or reject Carty's multiple claims of prosecutorial misconduct. If he rules in Carty's favor, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals would then decide whether to order a new trial.
    Much more @ the link: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...witter-premium

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    Harris County under the tenure of former DA Chuck Rosenthal.

    No surprise that allegations of prosecutorial misconduct may have merit.

    One of the few positive legacies of the Rosenthal years is the development of reporting from the Chronicle as some of the best in the state and the entire country.

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    A district court judge ruled Thursday that Harris County prosecutors did not engage in misconduct or hide information that would have changed the outcome of Linda Carty's 2002 capital murder trial.

    Attorneys for Carty, a British citizen and grandmother, had argued that the death-row inmate should be granted a new trial and sentencing hearing. They contended witness statements hidden for 14 years proved that her conviction was based on flawed testimony used to portray her as the mastermind of a kidnapping and murder plot in 2001.

    But Judge David Garner, a Galveston-based visiting judge, found prosecutors had overwhelming evidence of Carty's guilt from multiple other sources. Although he found that some witness statements should have been turned over to her original defense attorneys before her 2002 trial, he also ruled that the material likely would not have altered the course of her conviction and that witnesses had not been coerced.
    http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news...ty-9198999.php



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