Ron Moore refused to turn over evidence that cleared innocent people of murderBy
It’s been years since I last posted to this blog. Decided to do so today because there’s an important issue that needs to be discussed within the Buncombe Democratic Party … and I don’t have another vehicle to start the conversation.
As you may know, I support Todd Williams in the current District Attorney race. But what y’all may not know is why.
What I didn’t write in the LTTE, because I didn’t want to be confrontational before more information became publicly available, is that Ron Moore had possession of evidence that would have cleared the names of 5 people for murder – and didn’t turn it over to their defense attorneys.
This is upsetting enough. What’s salt-in-the-wound is that this serious miscarriage of justice is not being discussed intelligently within the establishment of the local Buncombe Democratic Party during this year’s DA primary race. “Moore’s a good man” is the common mantra when faced with facts around this issue, or pretty much every other scandal concerning Moore.
Ron Moore may very well be a good man. Fine. It really depends on which side of the prison-bars you’re sitting on – I guess.
The Asheville Citizen times has full coverage of the story here. But the highlights are:
1) Ron Moore ignored DNA evidence.
2) Another person admitted to the crime in 2003, but Moore didn’t re-open the case for investigation.
3) Videotape evidence corroborating the 2003 confession was ignored.
I know Moore is a Democrat. He might even be a great guy in-person. But 5 people spent years in jail because Moore didn’t want to do his job properly. Frankly, if it had been 5 white middle-class kids – it is my humble option he would have been disbarred over this by now. In the coming years this issue is going to develop into a major scandal, putting the already tarnished credibility of the DA’s office in serious jeopardy.
The local Democratic party has a choice this year: During the primary y’all can put forth a 24-year incumbent with a history of opaqueness, sweeping serious issues such as the evidence-room scandal under the rug, and preventing justice; or you can submit someone who will focus on doing the right thing.
ON EDIT: Grammar & spelling