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Texas Legislative Updates

Yesterday, the Texas Senate gave final approval to legislation that requires police departments to adopt written guidelines for how they conduct eyewitness identification procedures.    Mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause of wrongful conviction nationwide and was a  factor in 38 of the 45 Texas exonerations based on DNA testing. This bill has already […]

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The IRS and the Timothy Cole Act

Yesterday, the posthumous pardon of Timothy Cole, the namesake for the Texas Timothy Cole Act, was finally honored by Governor Rick Perry. Cole was cleared of his wrongful conviction in the sexual assault of a Texas Tech student in 2008, nine years after Cole had died in prison after asthma induced cardiac arrest. The Timothy […]