August 4-10, 2003
The State's response to the Court of Criminal Appeals will
be filed early this week.  I wonder if anyone can predict the
level of press coverage it will receive, as compared to the
defense lawyers' filing last week.

In the real world of The State of Alabama v Daniel Wade
Moore, the press matters only to the degree Judge Glenn
Thompson is influenced by it.  With the State's response,
the CCA will again be in a position to decide whether dwm
gets a second trial.  And we will be in a position to wait.  

It's purely my own perception of it, but I'd hazard a guess
that when the State filed the petition for writ of mandamus,
the odds were 20 to 1 against its success, as a result of the
way the system is structured.  The fact the CCA asked for
an explanation from the judge may have improved the odds
to 10 to 1 against, and Thompson's weak reply may have
moved it down to 5 to 1.  But I still have to think the odds
are against the State's petition.  Why?  Because that's how
the system "works."  It's a petition--not an appeal.  Only the
convicted have right to appeal...not the State of Alabama.  
It's THE key point in what's happening right now.  And the
victims?  Well, they have no rights at all.
Last week's press coverage
pushed total page hits over fifty
thousand this weekend.  
Coming at the end of two
months, it's a nice milestone.  
Thanks for visiting the website,
and for all the supportive
The Court of Criminal Appeals does not work under any set
time-frame--in other words, there is no deadline.  They generally release
their rulings on Fridays, so in the real SOA v DWM, all we can do is wait
from Friday to Friday.  They could make a ruling Friday, or it could be
months, and the ruling might not be the final yes or no.  If they order a
second trial, then it will be up to Judge Thompson to set the date for trial.
 He has said he wants it as quickly as possible, which would probably
mean at least three months, since Circuit Court has generally been
booked three months ahead.