At the website for the Columbus (Mississippi) Dispatch, a commenter recounted portions of my recent Reason piece on bad prosecutors to make the case against reelecting District Attorney Forrest Allgood. Allgood responded with a lengthy letter of his own.
Allgood’s letter purports to include a bunch of documentation I don’t have, and that the newspaper didn’t print. But after running Allgood’s letter by my sources, I stand by my reporting. He is right that I did not contact his office for comment before that most recent article was published. Perhaps I should have. But that article a summary of my previous reporting. And I’ve contacted his office numerous times in the past requesting comment. He has never returned my calls.
But Tyler Edmonds, one of the victims of Allgood’s prosecutorial overreach, did respond to Allgood’s letter. Edmonds’ thorough rebuttal does a great job exposing Allgood’s slipperiness.
In any case, Allgood was reelected once again last week, and by a nearly two-to-one margin. (Interestingly, he did lose his home county.) In the end, the guy who has seen two people he convicted of murder later exonerated by DNA evidence, and two more later acquitted after appeals courts threw out the convictions due to prosecutorial misconduct and the use of faulty forensic testimony, the guy who once compared disgraced “bite mark expert” Michael West to Galileo . . . will get another term.