News 04.09.07

Dallas man cleared after 24-year quest for justice

In a hearing this morning in Dallas, Innocence Project attorneys and attorneys from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office will present evidence that proves James Curtis Giles didn’t participate in the 1982 gang rape for which he served 10 years in prison. Giles, 53, has been on parole as a registered as a sex offender for 14 years. Giles became the 13th Dallas County man to be proven innocent by DNA testing. No other county in the U.S. has had as many wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing.

A story in today’s Los Angeles Times explores Giles’ long journey to this day – a journey he shared at times with three other wrongly convicted men: James Waller, Kevin Byrd and A.B. Butler.

"We sat together, ate together and tried to clear our name together," James Waller recalled of his prison days with Giles. Waller was convicted of raping a 12-year-old boy. "When I went into the courtroom, I really thought I would be going home. I never would think I would go to jail for something I didn't do. But I did. That was Dallas County: get a conviction no matter how."


Read the full story here

. (Los Angeles Times, 4/9/07, Payment required for full article)


More News Coverage:

Quest to clear name at end

(Dallas Morning News, 4/9/07)


Name's the same, but DNA could clear rape suspect

(CNN, 4/9/07)


Click here for more details on Giles’ case


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