On Feb. 12, 2016, a letter to the editor was published regarding exonerations of innocent people, wherein I penned the following:
“You may be interested in www.judgesforjustice.org where you can watch interrogations of Christopher Tapp. Not all of the video had been provided to his defense attorneys before trial. Interrogator Fuhriman testified in a post-conviction hearing while he was mayor of Idaho Falls, Idaho, that Tapp was always “free to go” during the interrogations.
The judge’s ‘conclusion’ protected the mayor. Semen tested from the murdered body of Angie Dodge is that of a caucasian male not in CODIS and not from Christopher Tapp. Tapp has been in prison for 19 years and Angie’s mother relentlessly works to find who killed her daughter, and to free Tapp.”
The InnocenceProject.org released this news feed:
“(Idaho Falls, ID – July 17, 2019) Today, the District Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Idaho Falls, Idaho, granted the Bonneville County District Attorney’s motion to vacate the 1998 murder conviction of Christopher Tapp based on actual innocence and to drop all charges.
The court’s decision was based on new DNA testing which excluded Tapp from the crime scene evidence and identified Brian Dripps as the man who actually raped and murdered Angie Dodge in 1996. Dripps was much older than Tapp and had no connection to him. This is the nation’s first exoneration to rely on genealogical DNA testing.”
Some people thrive on headlines of arrests, criminal charges, and swift convictions against another.
Then, there are those of us who care about what the truth actually is.
At www.innocenceproject.org, you can see a photo of Angie Dodge’s mother, Carol Dodge, embracing Christopher Tapp in the courtroom after the proceedings when he was exonerated.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” — Benjamin Franklin
God bless Christopher’s angels, and rest in peace, Angie.
Melanie A. Ogle