Tom Freeland

I’m still too stunned at the passing of Tom Freeland to write much about this.  I first met him when he was on the Board of Directors at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center.   With his death at the too, too young age of 59, we’ve been deprived of decades of his wit and…

Radley Balko on bite mark evidence

Radley Balko has done a four-part series on bite mark evidence for the Washington Post.  Part two discusses Mississippi cases.  It doesn’t mention one of the first lawyers to expose  Michael West’s “blue light” magic as hokum  and that lawyer was John Holdridge. Some twenty-odd years ago I was arguing a death penalty case in…

Cert. grants – Feb. 19, 2015

Jordan Davis v. State –  insufficient evidence –  The owners of a cattle farm discovered that they were missing an old John Deere tractor, a cotton trailer, and two old trucks.   The tractor, trailer and one of the trucks was located at a scrap metal facility.  Jordan Davis and Bradford Wren had sold the items to…