News 02.04.07

Innocence bills introduced in Texas Senate



Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis introduced two bills today — one calling for the creation of a Texas Innocence Commission and another boosting compensation in that state for the wrongly convicted.

"Enough is enough," said Ellis, who also chairs the Innocence Project's

Board of Directors

. "Day after day, week after week, we learn of more innocent Texans who have had their lives torn from them in tragic error. It is time for Texas to create an Innocence Commission to launch in-depth investigations each time an innocent person is wrongfully convicted, review what went wrong in these cases, why, and spell out the changes necessary to ensure these injustices are not repeated."


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