News 04.11.07

Dallas DA aims to restore credibility with a special prosecutor for DNA appeals

New Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins was in the courtroom

Monday

when evidence was presented to clear James Giles 24 years after he was wrongly convicted of a rape he didn’t commit. Watkins praised Giles yesterday for his perseverance. “If it wasn’t for him putting this fight on, I wouldn’t be here,” Watkins said Monday.

Watkins announced in February that his office would

work with the Innocence Project of Texas

to review more than 300 Dallas convictions for possible DNA testing. And on Tuesday he asked Dallas County commissioners to fund a special prosecutor position to review post-conviction DNA cases.

"We have an opportunity here in Dallas County to make a statement … an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past," Mr. Watkins told commissioners.


Read the full story here

. (Dallas Morning News, 04/11/07)


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