Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed today that he will meet with the family of Timothy Cole, who died in a Texas prison in 1999 while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he didn’t commit. DNA testing conducted after Cole’s death proved that another man committed the rape for which he was imprisoned.
Cole’s relatives have been advocating for reforms to the Texas criminal justice system that could prevent wrongful convictions and extend improved services to the exonerated upon release. His brother, Cory Session, has been traveling every week to the state capitol to speak with lawmakers about the proposed reforms.
“We’ve been promised a meeting with the governor. My mother wanted to speak to Rick Perry, one-on-one, to make sure these particular laws do get passed,” said Session.
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. (WWLP News, 03/30/09)