- A disturbing glimpse into the shrouded world of the Texas grand jury system
- Mother of three pressured into changing story, but jailed anyway
"If we find out that you're not telling the truth, we're coming after you," one grand juror tells Dockery.Ms. Dockery changed her story "after being told again and again to think about her children." The grand jury foreman told her he didn't believe her original story and, if she persisted in committing perjury, "you know the kids are going to be taken by Child Protective Services, and you're going to the penitentiary and you won't see your kids for a long time." Eventually she caved, told them what they wanted to hear about her boyfriend, then she was prosecuted for perjury for diverging from her original story. Her testimony was central to his conviction which sent him to death row. Ugly stuff. The trial judge recommended Alfred Brown receive a new trial but the Court of Criminal Appeals has sat on the case for more than a year without a ruling, Falkenberg reported.
"You won't be able to get a job flipping burgers," says another.
Dockery tells the group that if she believed [Alfred Dewayne] Brown actually killed people, she'd turn him in herself: "If he did it, he deserves to get whatever is coming to him. Truly," she says.
Read the whole thing; it's very good and brief excerpts don't do it justice. Will post a link to part three after it's published.