On The View, One of Dallas's Exonerated and Those Who Helped to Free Him
|Johnnie Lindsey in a Central Dallas Ministries video that screened last week|
Goldberg was appalled and asked Moore and Watkins why someone from the district attorney's office can't step in and say, "This is a real ugly mistake ... hire this man." At which point Watkins blamed it on the system -- and one man, in particular. "You would think in the state of Texas, where we take crime so seriously, when we do make a mistake you'd think the governor would quickly sign those pardons," Watkins said. "It's been seven months ... we imagined this would have been rectified by now."
The trio were on to promote, of course, Dallas DNA. We should have video of the entire appearance later today.
Update at 12:23 p.m.: Watkins, an Unfair Park reader, just phoned to correct himself. The district attorney says that Governor Rick Perry did indeed sign Lindsey's pardon -- and that Moore actually brought it to The View with the intention of presenting it to Lindsey on the air. Only, Watkins says he didn't know anything about it that, because it was going to be a surprise to both men. And they ran out of time before Moore got to present Lindsey with the document.
"We'd been going back and forth to get him to sign it, and he did," Watkins tells Unfair Park. "I was throwing out a challenge the governor," but he'd already signed it. He also says Lindsey hasn't been waiting for his parole for seven months, only two: "Michelle said she filed the paperwork two months ago. I thought it had been filed immediately after the exoneration."