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House to Vote on Exoneration Panel

By Bill O'Neil

A San Antonio State lawmaker's proposal for taking a closer look at exoneration cases will soon go before the entire Texas House.
The goal behind the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission is simple said State Representative Ruth McClendon-Jones.
"To bring an end to wrongful convictions in this state" Jones-McClendon said in Austin. She said such a move will create a better Texas.
"Each wrongful conviction causes irreparable harm to that individual and to their loved ones" Jones-McClendon said.
The panel--if created--would look over exoneration cases in Texas and identify repeated mistakes that were made. Those mistakes would then be reported and addressed. Houston State Senator Rodney Ellis pointed to 48  DNA exonerations in explaining why he sees the need for such a commission.
"Those 48 Texans served an average of 13.5 years in prison for a crime they did not commit"  Ellis said.


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