Collin County DA John Roach has, after 18 months in which his office spent 5,000 man-hours and more than $47,000 re-investigating the case, announced that there is no longer a good-faith basis for upholding the conviction of Michael Blair:
Therefore, under my duty to not only uphold the law but to see that justice is done, the State is joining today with the defense team in its request for relief.
(As a longtime member of the Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, I never thought that I would say “good for John Roach.”)
I doubt that anything near $47,000 was spent on the culpability investigation by the defense in 1994 when Blair was sent to death row. I also wonder how many other capital cases would benefit from 5,000 man hours being spent on the culpability investigation before the death sentence is handed down.