Lillie Leone is currently a junior Bridging Disciplines scholar at UT-Austin concentrating in International Political and Economic Development and majoring in Plan II Honors and Italian. Learn more about Lillie by clicking on our Meet the Interns post!
This post is the fourth in a series titled Digital archives internship (also tagged as Archiving the death penalty), where TAVP interns publish their reflections on processing the TAVP collection. Check back for future posts.
Creativity in law and oral history: transcribing the story of prosecutor Sam Millsap
by Lillie Leone
On the contrary, Millsap goes into detail about especially formative parts of his life, such as going to UT, quitting a prestigious law firm, and running against an incumbent as the youngest DA of San Antonio. He describes striking cases that are still pertinent 30 years later because they offer unique insight into unexpected aspects of the legal system, the worth of eye witness testimony, crossing ethical lines, and Millsap’s astounding ability to read people.
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and eventual execution of Ruben Cantu, who he admits may have been innocent.
"I believed at that point in my life, naively, that eyewitnesses can be relied on."
It was always, always, always, always about the use of the press and frankly, the manipulation of the press and the media[…] That’s what I knew at the time was wrong but at the same time believed—and still believe—was justified under the circumstances.
One of the things that I’ve found is that I talk to my barber about things that I don’t talk to anybody else about. And so, as a result, I’ve sort of come to this conclusion that barbers and hairdressers are real key people in our society, so when I’m taking depositions, one of the questions that I always ask, and everybody thinks it’s just bizarre, is, ‘Who cuts your hair?'