Reversing its decade-long objection to testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner says could prove his innocence, the Texas Attorney General’s office today filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals seeking to test DNA in the case.
It had been almost 30 years since James Williams and Raymond Jackson appeared before a judge in a Dallas County courtroom. On Monday, however, they were exonerated.
A Dallas County man wrongly convicted for crimes he did not commit is back in court. He’s no longer fighting for his freedom, now he’s trying to hold on to his financial settlement from the state.
Texas will pay a Dallas County man released from prison in 2006 after DNA evidence exonerated him of a rape that he did not commit an additional $753,000 on top of $1 million already paid for the 20 years he spent wrongfully imprisoned.
A Texas attorney who has helped wrongly convicted former inmates receive state compensation has reached an out-of-court settlement with three who sued over his fees.
One of Texas’ best-known wrongly convicted men sued the state comptroller Monday claiming he’s been denied full compensation for the time he spent in prison.
DNA testing has released hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners. It could also exonerate another group – men who’ve been paying child support for children they do not believe are theirs.
Before DNA tests proved his innocence, Ronald Taylor spent more than 14 years in prison for a Houston rape he did not commit.
Some former inmates who were wrongly convicted say they feel twice cheated — first for being imprisoned and then again when the government that locked them up taxed them on the money they were paid to make amends.