News 12.10.07

30th Texan Freed by DNA Evidence Rebuilds Life in Atlanta

Innocence Project client Ronnie Taylor was released from prison in October after DNA testing proved he did not commit the 1993 rape for which he was convicted. He spent 14 years behind bars based on an eyewitness misidentification and crime lab errors before regaining his freedom. A Houston Chronicle article on Sunday follows Taylor as he moves from Houston to Atlanta, where he and fiancée Jeanette Brown are working to build their future together after many lost years.

"It's been a long time getting back here, but this is where I need to be,"[Taylor] says. "This is where I can make something happen. That is the way it always was in Atlanta. Me, with Jeannette, making something happen."

He speaks with buoyant optimism. Unspoken are the doubts of a life resumed, the things that just 10 days after his release from prison remain utterly unknown. His is the story of yet another wrongful conviction and DNA exoneration, the 30th in Texas, leaving a man to reinvent his life after a miscarriage of justice.

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. (Houston Chronicle, 12/9/07)

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