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Op Ed: Addressing the Causes of Wrongful Convictions

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Houston Chronicle featured a must-read op ed from State Senator Rodney Ellis and Cory Session, the policy director for the Innocence Project of Texas and the brother Timothy Cole.  The op ed addresses the recent recommendations issued by the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions.  According to Ellis and […]

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Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions Issues Recommendations

The Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions recently concluded its work to study the prevention of wrongful convictions. The panel was established by the state legislature in 2009 and named in memory of Timothy Cole, who died in prison while serving time for a crime he did not commit. Cole was later exonerated by […]

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Justice and Conviction Rates; Additional Coverage of Hank Skinner

The question of convicting the innocent has become all too common a topic in recent months. In October an explosive article by The New Yorker gave life once again to Cameron Todd Willingham, a death row inmate executed in 2004 for a crime he quiet possibly did not commit; on March 1 Governor Rick Perry […]

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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 […]

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Governor Perry Issued First Posthumous Pardon on Eve of Election

On Monday, March 1, 2010, on the eve of the gubernatorial election, Rick Perry issued the state of Texas’ first posthumous pardon to Tim Cole. Cole was convicted in the 1985 rape of a Texas Tech University student in Lubbock. In 2001, at the age of 39, Cole died in prison after an asthma attack […]