Proposed Bill Would Give More Resources To Inmates Who Claim Wrongful Conviction

L.P. Phillips
April 10, 2019 - 1:48 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A proposed bill in Austin would give more resources to inmates who claim they are serving a prison term for a wrongful conviction.

The bill has the support of Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot.

"We want to make certain that individuals who are indigent, who have a meritorious claim can get an attorney appointed to follow through on this and present it to the court. We will deal with this as the court will." Creuzot told a Texas House committee.

Creuzot says as things stand, neither the DA's office nor the public defenders have the resources to investigate every claim. They say things change over the years and new, exculpatory evidence can come to light.

"Perhaps a witness in a case, the state's witness in a case tried years earlier, it came to our attention that the witness had committed serious perjury." explained Mike Ware of the Innocence Project.

Ware was also the first Dallas County prosecutor appointed to the criminal integrity unit.

There have been 36 exonerations in Dallas County, the most in the nation.