The story of this case is the story of capital punishment in America in 2013. Our nation’s courts do not routinely seek out ways to remedy material errors in these cases. Instead they routinely bend over backward to justify results, convictions, and death penalties even they themselves concede are inaccurate or based upon unfair procedures. They reward, or at least do not punish, incompetent defense attorneys and myopic judges. The concept of “harmless error” itself is Orwellian, and always has been, and perhaps never more than in this year of cases like this, where men are sent to death row, or kept them, following trials and appeals unworthy of our rule of law.