Late yesterday morning, while I was at work, a reader sent an e-mail titled “Wow! Drs. Hayne and West manufacture death row evidence.” The reader directed my attention to this Radley Balko article, which was posted online at Reason yesterday. Balko posted a blog post about it at 1:20 p.m., apparently Eastern time.
Fifty-four minutes later, at 2:14 Eastern time, Balko acolyte Steve Verdon took me to task for not having written anything about it. Verdon argued that my curious nearly hour-long silence was “not surprising,” as Balko had shown me to be wrong about something-or-other and I clearly didn’t want to admit it.
Balko readers agreed with Verdon. Balko’s comment system allows readers to rate comments up or down; each positive rating garners you +1. Verdon’s observation regarding my 54-minute silence is currently rated +9.
So I went Steve Verdon to know: I’m off today and have looked at the article, and I will likely write about it sometime this weekend.
I have done some preliminary research, which reveals some unanswered questions about Balko’s analysis. (This is not to say he’s wrong; I just have unanswered questions — all of which I will detail in my upcoming post.) Because of a busy concert-going schedule (Gin Blossoms last night, Blue Rodeo tonight) my Curious and Suspicious Silence will be lasting several more hours.