Update on Shane Absalon’s Murder Conviction Appeal.
In July of 2016, I was contacted by Jim Drummond, attorney for Shane Absalon, regarding the appeal of a murder conviction.
I wrote some of what I learned from Mr. Drummond about Shane Absalon’s case in a previous blog post called, A 1986 confession in Straight, Inc., leads a murder conviction in 2012.
A quick summary of the case is as follows:
Shane Absalon was court ordered to the Dallas-Ft.Worth Straight, Inc. as a condition of probation for a charge of criminal mischief in July of 1986. During his time at Straight, Shane was coerced by staff to admit responsibility for a murder commited in 1984, even though the police had eliminated him as a suspect.
23 years later, in 2009, after seeing a news report about the cold case, others who sat in Straight, Inc. with Shane, including his oldcomer, decided to come forward to report they heard him confess to the murder in a group confrontation.
There were very few clients in Straight who weren’t coerced to confess to things they didn’t do in the interest of appearing to “get honest,” by admitting to all the supposed awful things they did before the program, in hopes of someday getting out of that program/hell-hole.
I recently heard from Mr. Drummond. He thanked ProjectStraightInk.com for supporting Shane but regretted to report that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has denied the state habeas corpus application for a new trial.
In turn, I would like to thank all of my readers who responded to Mr. Drummond’s request for affidavits about the coercive forces that were prevalent in the Straight, Inc. program.
Straight, Inc. is still tearing families apart in 2017. Above is a photo of Shane with his daughter Ryley in 2009, about nine months before his arrest. Shane had put his Straight, Inc. experience behind him and began to live a normal life. He was gainfully employed, married and had started a family when he was “reported” by his fellow Straightlings one final time.
For more information about Shane and how to contact him see this blog post: Time to spread holiday cheer.