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Ruby Cole Session, Fierce Criminal Justice Reformer, Dies

Ruby Cole Session, who championed the cause of the wrongfully convicted in Texas after her son was sent to prison for a rape he didn’t commit, has died. She was 77.

10/13/2013

A row of jail cells sit empty. (credit: AP Photo)

Exoneree James Woodard Dies In Jail Following Seizure

James Woodard’s name resonates with any exoneree in North Texas. He was one, and spent the last several years helping others.

10/15/2012

David Lee Wiggins stands with relatives and lawyers after being freed from prison. DNA tests proved he didn't rape a teen back in 1988. (credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

Texas Man Freed After DNA Clears Him Of 1988 Rape

After serving 24 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, today a North Texas man received an apology from a judge and a standing ovation. David Lee Wiggins was freed Friday after DNA tests proved he wasn’t the person who raped a 14-year-old girl.

CBSDFW.COM–08/24/2012

Larry Sims on the day he was exonerated. (Credit: CBSDFW.com)

Even In Death, Family Still Fights For Exoneree

Larry Sims was like a brother to the growing group of exonorees. He spent 24 years of his life in prison for a rape conviction and was finally released on parole after DNA tests raised serious doubts that he committed the crime. Now his family is fighting to get him to his final resting place.

06/19/2012

Three Dallas County men, (L-R) Shakara Robertson, Darryl Washington and Marcus Smith, exonerated on April 6, 2012 for a wrongful conviction in 1994. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lawyers Prove Innocence Of 3 Dallas County Men

The Innocence Project of Texas has become famous because of their association with DNA exonerations in the state. To hear of another case of wrongful conviction unfortunately isn’t rare, but to learn the project actually located the guilty parties is.

04/06/2012

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Ex-Inmate Struggles To Cash In On Compensation Law

Billy Frederick Allen spent more than 25 years in prison before an appeals court overturned his convictions in two murders. Three years after winning his freedom, Allen is fighting the state again — this time for the $2 million he says he’s owed for wrongful imprisonment.

03/17/2012

Christopher Scott

‘Renewed Hope’ For Exoneree Tarnished By Plea Deal

Christopher Scott has been out of jail since October of 2009. He’s now a business owner, and has started his own non-profit after serving time for something he didn’t commit.

03/12/2012

Historical marker honoring wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Historical Marker Honors Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man

The first historical marker in the nation to memorialize someone wrongfully convicted will be unveiled Monday in Fort Worth.

02/06/2012

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Man Freed After 31-Year-Old Rape Conviction Set Aside

He wasn’t exonerated but a Dallas man who spent 31 years behind bars for sexual assault is now out of jail. Wednesday a judge released Rickey Dale Wyatt and and recommended his 1981 conviction be set aside.

01/04/2012

The current headstone for wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Estranged Dad Of Exonerated Texas Inmate Seeks Pay

The long-estranged father of the first Texas inmate to be posthumously exonerated by DNA testing has suddenly come forward, claiming he’s entitled to half of the nearly $1.1 million the state awarded to the man’s family for his wrongful imprisonment.

12/23/2011

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Wrongly Convicted Won’t Pay Taxes On Compensation

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.

11/16/2010