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Scott interviews Jordan Smith about the case of Rodney Reed, a Texas death row inmate convicted in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. For years there has been criticism of the investigation and trial of Reed, including allegations of mishandling of evidence, lack of DNA testing, and possible deliberate police cover-ups, all of which have become all too familiar in recent years. Today a growing movement that includes celebrity actors and musicians is calling for a reexamination of Reed’s case before it’s too late.
Discussed on the show:
1991 Austin yogurt shop murders
“Another Hearing for Rodney Reed: Death row inmate’s case goes back to Bastrop County district court” (The Austin Chronicle)
“No Relief for Rodney Reed: The piecemeal appeals process isn’t doing the death row inmate any favors” (The Austin Chronicle)
“Rodney Reed Case Back in Court: Death row inmate’s attorneys file brief seeking hearing on evidence” (The Austin Chronicle)
“Medical Examiner: Testimony Misconstrued in Rodney Reed Case: Explosive information filed in federal court” (The Austin Chronicle)
““Oh My God, This is Way Off”: New Investigation Shows Texas is Likely Set to Kill An Innocent Man” (The Intercept)
“Rodney Reed Will Not Die Next Week — But Texas Still Wants to Kill Him” (The Intercept)
Jordan Smith is an investigative journalist based in Austin, Texas. She has covered criminal justice for 20 years and is regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in Texas. A longtime staff writer for the Austin Chronicle, she now writes for The Intercept.
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  • In a stateless society, there is no monopoly on criminal justice that can grant immunity from prosecution to a minor criminal in order to get testimony that can convict a major criminal. One court company could grant immunity, but then another could use the minor criminal’s testimony to pursue a case against that person. Is there a way to make this work, or would a stateless society have to seek justice without the evidence gained from immunity grants?

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  • A good article on how the legal system is a weak service even though it consumes resources, employees thousands and controls millions. http://www.vox.com/2016/1/13/10737742/husband-rapist I saw and experienced the cold and clinical way “justice is served” to victims, families, and communities. At the end of it, after enormous pain and loss were expressed in victim impact statements, remorse and confusion were expressed in Jason’s statement, and the facts of the assaults were reviewed by the judge, all that happened is that one person was sent to prison for the rest of his life and everyone else was just sent home. It was indescribably empty, with no peace or healing to be found. That was something, it seemed, we would each have to find on our own.

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  • For the purpose of finding avenues of promoting voluntary law and justice a question might be asked: What examples of voluntary law do you already live in? For inspiration and read more here: http://afh.liberty.me/2015/03/08/howto_voluntary_law_justice/

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  • One of the things that I love about the regression theorem of intervention is that it has the potential to bring the economic terrorists to justice. Each act of interventionism disrupts and corrupts the economy and each act of interventionism can ultimately be attributed to the individual or group of individuals who took the intervention. Of course it will take investigative work but that is what is required for all crimes. Once the interventionists realize that they will be held accountable for all of the resulting damages this criminal activity will mostly disappear.

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