Diane Downs: Child Killer or Victim of Injustice?
Tim King Salem-News.com
Incarcerated for nearly 30 years, Downs maintains her innocence and a look at the case explains why.
Diane Downs then and now
(SALEM) – Here’s the first question: what kind of person would set out to Murder their own children, deny the crime, and then choose to spend the rest of their natural life in prison rather than simply admitting they did it and being released?
The second question is, what has happened in Oregon’s courts to make facts become less than what they are? Jurisprudence is at the root of justice and the United States is a nation that treasures this concept, but I seriously question whether it is alive and well in this northwest state.
Let’s get this out of the way; I am a journalist who has explored several convictions in the state of Oregon that I believe are false. One is Frank Gable; the man convicted in the Murder of former Oregon Corrections Chief Michael Francke, and another is a young African-American man from Eugene, Oregon, Darryl Sky Walker, who was convicted for killing a fellow university student; a Portland judge’s son, even though another suspect bragged over throwing the fatal blow. Another is the man serving 19 years for Sex Abuse in a case that DNA proves impossible, his name is Terrence Kimble. Another is the former prison guard, William Coleman, who faced 40 years on false charges at one point, but was found not guilty of Oregon’s charges by a unanimous jury verdict. His real ‘crime’ was blowing the whistle on racist hate crimes while employed at the state prison. …
Please, read Tom King´s article there…
and please, let Diane go home; a family is waiting there with great destiny to live with her, in her elder days!
Annals of Human Rights
by Atul Gawande March 30, 2009
- Human beings are social creatures. We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others. We are social in a more elemental way: simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people. …
- “Ban Solitary Confinement of Children!” (childreninprison.wordpress.com)
- “SOLITARY 101″ PowerPointPresentation: From Solitary Watch (inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com)