A quick follow-up note on Robert Nelson Drew. If you check here, you can see the appellate attorneys who prepared Drew's state writ of habeas corpus: Ronald Kuby, William Knustler, Rob Owen and Michael Jackson.
I'm unfamiliar with Michael Jackson the appellate attorney. Kuby and Knustler are famous (some will say infamous) for their high-profile and notorious clientele. You may recognize Knustler in the photo at the right.
Rob Owen, of course, is currently and ably defending Hank Skinner.
Robert Nelson Drew couldn't have asked for a more talented appellate team, and he was as obviously innocent as you can ever hope to find on Texas' death row, absent DNA proof. But it did him no good. Not a whit.
Is this the kind of judicial system we want?
Is it the kind we deserve?