The Innocence Project of Texas receives thousands of letters each year from prison inmates proclaiming their innocence. So do a number of other innocence clinics around the state, which is why the Lubbock-based nonprofit wants to establish a single system for screening letters.
David Lee Wiggins, 48, had served 23 years in prison for the 1989 rape of a teenage girl when testing revealed DNA evidence did not link him to the crime.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker suggested making the city's crime lab independent and adding a Innocence Project representative to the board overseeing it.
As the peculiar case of a Fort Bend sheriff’s deputy and his bloodhounds makes clear, the techniques of crime-scene investigation are not as infallible as the TV shows would have us believe. How a misplaced faith in some forensic experts is putting innocent people behind bars.
Even someone who supports the death penalty, as you do, can and should be up in arms over the Cameron Willingham case.
Of the many things the first black district attorney of Dallas County is doing, none is more important than rethinking the concept of guilt and innocence.