As in the past two years, an EERS bill will be introduced to the 2013 Legislature. The state Division of Energy recommended the state adopt an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard in their five-year Energy Draft Plan. Passing the EERS would improve West Virginia's ranking on the scorecard, will save ratepayers money and create local jobs that cannot be outsourced. A similar bill in Pennsylvania saved ratepayers $8 for every $1 invested in the program. Our legislators should act and implement this policy for West Virginia.
DNA exoneration not enough for inmate?
I'm writing about Robert C. Shrout. He is my fiancé and he is an inmate at Northern Regional Correctional Facility at Moundsville. His conviction date was January 1984. He has been in prison since then on a murder charge. He has been fighting for his innocence for a number of years.
Part of his defense is concerning the Fred Zain cases of 1993, 1999 and 2006. There were three investigations concerning these cases. He had a new DNA test in 2008. They found that the DNA from 1984 was not his. He has the evidence in black and white to prove it, but the courts do not want to look at this report. They found none of his fingerprints at the scene of the crime. The hair sample that they tested was of animal origin.
The problems they were having at the serology department were from 1979 to 1999. He will be going to the parole board in November for the 15th time. The parole board is using public sentiment every time, so they refuse him parole, even though the public has been sending letters to the parole board for his freedom.
He has fought in circuit court and state Supreme Court to get his charges overturned, even with the evidence that he was not there at the time of the crime.
No one wants to help us with this problem. I am a firm believer that everyone should have a second chance at normal life. You know God gives everyone a second chance.