I have now had occasion to study this subject a bit, and I have come to realize that eyewitness error has been recognized as the leading cause of wrongful convictions. Bush and his parole board not to execute Gary Graham based on this kind of evidence.
They told me: '' Ronald Cotton didn't rape you. Although he is now moving on with his own life, I live with constant anguish that my profound mistake cost him so dearly.
It was Bobby Poole.'' The man I was so sure I had never seen in my life was the man who was inches from my throat, who raped me, who hurt me, who took my spirit away, who robbed me of my soul. I cannot begin to imagine what would have happened had my mistaken identification occurred in a capital case.
— To Monsieur, Monsieur de L’HOSPITAL, Chancellor of France VI. Of all egotists, Montaigne, if not the greatest, was the most fascinating, because, perhaps, he was the least affected and most truthful.
— To Monsieur, Monsieur de MESMES, Lord of Roissy and Malassize, Privy V. His essays were a sort of literary anatomy, where we get a diagnosis of the writer’s mind, made by himself at different levels and under a large variety of operating influences.
I looked at his hairline; I looked for scars, for tattoos, for anything that would help me identify him. If there was the possibility of a death sentence, I wanted him to die. When the case went to trial in 1986, I stood up on the stand, put my hand on the Bible and swore to tell the truth.
When and if I survived the attack, I was going to make sure that he was put in prison and he was going to rot. Based on my testimony, Ronald Junior Cotton was sentenced to prison for life.And the man I had identified so emphatically on so many occasions was absolutely innocent. Today there is a man in Texas named Gary Graham who is about to be executed because one witness is confident that Mr.Ronald Cotton was released from prison after serving 11 years. Ronald Cotton and I are the same age, so I knew what he had missed during those 11 years. Graham is the killer she saw from 30 to 40 feet away.Project Gutenberg's The Essays of Montaigne, Complete, by Michel de Montaigne This e Book is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. — To Monsieur, Monsieur de Folx, Privy Councillor, to the Signory of Venice. What he did, and what he had professed to do, was to dissect his mind, and show us, as best he could, how it was made, and what relation it bore to external objects.You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this e Book or online at The Essays of Montaigne, Complete Author: Michel de Montaigne Release Date: September 17, 2006 [EBook #3600] Last Updated: August 8, 2016 Language: English Character set encoding: UTF-8 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, COMPLETE *** Produced by David Widger PREFACE THE LETTERS OF MONTAIGNE I. He investigated his mental structure as a schoolboy pulls his watch to pieces, to examine the mechanism of the works; and the result, accompanied by illustrations abounding with originality and force, he delivered to his fellow-men in a book. He took the world into his confidence on all subjects. Above all, the essayist uncased himself, and made his intellectual and physical organism public property.Several days later, looking at a series of police photos, I identified my attacker. During a pretrial hearing, I learned that another man had supposedly claimed to be my attacker and was bragging about it in the same prison wing where Ronald Cotton was being held.This man, Bobby Poole, was brought into court, and I was asked, '' Ms. '' I answered: '' I have never seen him in my life.I know that there is an eyewitness who is absolutely positive she saw Gary Graham commit murder.But she cannot possibly be any more positive than I was about Ronald Cotton.