The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Forrest Allgood. He gets the award for the following.
Virtually no effort has been made to find the man who raped the girl, Christine Jackson, and dumped her body in a creek in Noxubee County, one of the most rural in the state.You have to read the whole story.(Which I'll admit shows bias in favor of Mr. Brewer.) DNA has proven Brewer didn't rape the girl, he served 15 years for the crime, but the prosecutor is retrying him. It doesn't take a law degree to see one miscarriage of justice may have been performed, and therefore its time to quit. Reasonable doubt is on Mr. Brewer's side now, and Brewer has done 15 years for a crime there is strong reason to suspect he didn't commit. but Allgood didn't and won't drop the case. A new prosecutor is handling it, after Allgood recused himself. Don't matter, it doesn't change the facts about Forrest Allgood idiotic obstinacy in the face of scientific proof and that's why I make him today's Knucklehead of the Day.
This is the first time prosecutors have sought a new capital murder trial after a conviction was overturned by DNA evidence, said Peter Neufeld, director of the Innocence Project, a legal aid group based in New York that has used DNA testing to exonerate the wrongly convicted since 1992. Usually such cases are simply dropped.
But prosecutors are not convinced of the innocence of Mr. Brewer, a black laborer who is mildly retarded. Forrest Allgood, the district attorney who first tried the case, said his theory then was that Mr. Brewer, who was the boyfriend of the victim’s mother, acted alone.
At the trial, Mr. Allgood argued that the couple’s bedroom was “the killing field,” although traces of human blood found there were so small that they could not be tested.
His view has changed.
“I perceive that Kennedy Brewer assisted someone else in the killing of the child,” Mr. Allgood said. “Whether he actually penetrated that child or not functionally doesn’t make any difference if he was aiding, assisting and encouraging in her death.”
Mr. Allgood declined to offer a new theory of what occurred the night Christine disappeared, saying only that Mr. Brewer was the baby sitter that evening and that there was no sign of forced entry at the house.
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