News 06.11.08

Texas high court confirms McGowan exoneration

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today granted habeas corpus relief to Innocence Project client Thomas McGowan, who was released in April after serving 23 years for a rape he didn’t commit. After DNA testing proved McGowan’s innocence, a Dallas judge decided that his conviction should be vacated and all charges against him should be dropped. Today, the CCA approved that ruling, and Mcgowan officially became the 218th person in the U.S. exonerated by DNA testing, the 15th in Dallas County, and the 32nd in Texas. Three other people have been proven innocent by DNA testing in Dallas, but they are waiting for their exonerations to become official.

Read more about McGowan’s case here


Read about the other 14 DNA exonerations in Dallas County


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