"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
– Edmund Burke
The Power Hour with Joyce Riley, The Genesis Communications Network (gcnlive.com), February 22, 2013.
Joyce discusses her involvement in the whistle-blowing case of the famous "Baby Death" case in which Nurse Genene Jones was convicted of causing injury to many babies in the Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, Texas and is now serving a life sentence in the Texas Prison system.
"Jones was convicted for two murders and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
So why is she about to be released?
"Especially someone who diabolically killed helpless infants that were left in her care," said Kahan.
Kahan said it's all because of what's called "mandatory release." Under Texas law, if you were convicted of a crime from 1977 to 1987, when prison overcrowding was a serious issue, you get extra credit for every day you behave yourself. And someday, you'll get out of prison.
"A lot of murderers, rapists, aggravated offenders, who were sentenced between 1977 and 1987, who got lengthy sentences, they are maxing out their time and they are coming out," Kahan said.
Seven years ago, serial killer Coral Eugene Watts was scheduled to be released under the same law, but prosecutors connected him to another murder. He spent the rest of his life in prison.
Kahan is looking for another miracle.
"To go back in time to see if there are any other cases that they might have missed that might be stored in a filing cabinet that might be sitting in a box somewhere that they can resurrect to keep her from being legally released," Kahan said.
They have six years to find something, and McClellan said she hopes the effort doesn't fall through.
"It's going to be here before we know it. And we are going to look up one day and those doors are going to open up and she is going to walk out," said McClellan."
"Deadly Medicine" by Kelly Moore & Dan Reed
Publication Date: October 1989
She killed for thrills. The sensational story of nurse Genene Jones shocked a nation as more than 30 children were murdered by an angel of mercy. This is the whole story, from the doctors that hired her to the trial that followed. Featured in Redbook. Martin's.
"The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene" by Peter Elkind
Publication Date: August 4, 1989
Though doctors struggle to save them, babies are dying in the pediatric ward of a Texas hospital. A secret internal investigation reveals the sickening explanation: Genene Jones, a nurse on the 3-11 shift, is a cold-blooded kille r. This true-life thriller reveals how Jones was able to work again–and kill again.