In the “Halls of Justice”, “Justice wasn’t even in the Halls!”
Why, Criminal Justice Reform is Needed!
I’m writing to you, hoping you can help us (family and friends of Arthur L. Williams). After 36 years of trying to get the media (especially in Texas), interested in FINALLY publishing the TRUTH regarding the trial of Arthur L Williams.
Arthur’s case in general is a textbook example, why “Criminal Justice Reform” would be very difficult to achieve. Arthur L Williams was convicted of Capital Murder in 1982, following the death of Houston Detective Daryl W Shirley. To achieve this conviction the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, with the help of the Houston Police Department, wanted to make sure, that a guilty verdict of “Capital Murder” was enacted, along with assuring everyone that Detective Shirley had no fault in his own death.
So this was the scenario at the start of the trial. Arthur was first appointed inexperienced attorneys who never tried a Capital Murder case, Prosecuting lawyers were very experienced, evidence that was ordered to be preserved was destroyed e.g 911 phone call, evidence was suppressed, Internal Affairs Files were not allowed to be reviewed, intimidation of witnesses, along with eliminating all minorities from the jury (All White Jury) just to name a few.
The most egregious of all happen on 12.19.2018 when Arthur waived (will not get credit for the 36 years of being on “Death Row”) for LIFE plus a consecutive 60 YEARS! This sentence will be enacted very soon.
The Media of Texas appears to support both the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department, because for the last 36 years Media had no problem of showing indifference to the truth, along with reporting very few verifiable facts when writing about the case.
It’s been over 36 years, Arthur and his family/supporters throughout the years, have tried on numerous occasions to get the Truth addressed by the media, to no avail. We feel it’s time for the TRUTH to be told, which is backed by verifiable facts by anyone who cares to review the Court, State, and Federal Appeals records.
Thanks for any help you can give us regarding this!
Deborah L Williams