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Innocence Commission Gets Nod From House Committee
On the heels of Texas' first posthumous exoneration, House committee finally passes Commission bill
"...Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio. which creates an Innocence Commission to investigate each of Texas' growing number of..."

April 8, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Innocence Commission Back in Lege
Ellis renews quest to create independent commission to examine wrongful conviction cases
"...Ellis, D-Houston, renewed his quest to create a Texas Innocence Commission with the Jan. 22 filing of SB 263,..."

Jan. 26, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Innocence Committee
Lawmakers consider how to stop wrongful convictions
"...as many sessions, legislation proposing the creation of an innocence commission is up for consideration. On March 9, a..."

March 11, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Criminal Justice: Innocence Is No Defense
There are several dozen criminal justice reforms under consideration, and a handful might actually be enacted.
"...would put a two-year moratorium on executions while a commission -- akin to Illinois' Ryan Commission -- would examine..."

April 11, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Forensic Science Commission Draws Heat
Former FSC chair all fired up over outdated arson science
"...Bassett, the former chair of the state's Forensic Science Commission, there are plenty of questions left to be answered..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Commission Jerks Bradley's Chain
Chairman loses bid to close arson case on Cameron Todd Willingham
"...in a house fire in Corsicana. Willingham protested his innocence until his death, by execution, in 2004...."

Sept. 24, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Rooting Out the Causes of Wrongful Conviction
Commission would investigate wrongful convictions
"...decade since legislation was first filed to create an "innocence commission" to investigate the causes of wrongful convictions in..."

March 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Ending Wrongful Convictions
Lawmakers urge passage of bill to study causes
"...of House Bill 166, which would create a statewide innocence commission to study cases of wrongful convictions...."

April 22, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Targeting Wrongful Convictions
Bills attempt to right the wrongs that put Texas at the forefront of wrongful convictions
"...Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, which creates an Innocence Commission to investigate each of Texas' growing number of..."

April 17, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Justice Can Wait
On eve of hearing, Perry reshuffles the Forensic Science Commission
"...Less than 72 hours before the state's Forensic Science Commission was scheduled to hear from national fire expert Craig..."

Oct. 9, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...driver of the truck. But even though the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality ruled in September that the waste..."

Feb. 4, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

LegeLines
Odds and ends from the Capitol
"...Senate Finance Committee is considering slashing the Texas Youth Commission budget by 40% to reflect its reduced size and..."

March 13, 2009 News Feature by the News Staff

Petition Filed in Willingham Case
Innocence Project alleges misconduct in death row conviction
"...Flanked by state Sen. Rodney Ellis and Michael Morton, Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck announced this morning renewed efforts..."

Sept. 27, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Justice for HPD Lab Victim?
Josiah Sutton waits on state leaders to clear his name
"...while renewing the call for lawmakers to create an innocence commission to study cases of false imprisonment. A revenue-neutral..."

April 16, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Racial Fairness in the Criminal Justice System
Activists, academics, advocates gather at Columbia to address issue of racial fairness in criminal justice system
"...Ellis cited his recently proposed legislation to create an Innocence Commission as one example of how government can act..."

March 9, 2007 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
"...The Texas Forensic Science Commission voted unanimously Friday morning to move forward with a..."

Jan. 13, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...bills -- including one mandating the creation of an "innocence commission" and crime lab oversight board and another abolishing..."

March 28, 2003 News Feature

One Step Closer to Preventing Wrongful Convictions
Measure gets nod on House floor
"...for a sexual assault he did not commit. The commission would be tasked with reviewing criminal cases where there..."

April 26, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Burnam Calls for Impeachment of Killer Keller
State Rep. Lon Burnam wants the Texas House to impeach Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller
"...While the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct still has not yet weighed in..."

Feb. 17, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

Lege Lines
There's a lot of business to take care of before sine die
"...action on the House plan to establish a new innocence commission for the wrongfully convicted. In a statement, McClendon..."

May 24, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AG Opinion Puts Brakes on Willingham Investigation
FSC may investigate old cases, but not old evidence
"...to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's Forensic Science Commission may investigate old cases, provided it doesn't actually rely..."

July 29, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Headlines
"...an African American Cultural Heritage District by the Texas Commission on the Arts, one of seven communities to secure..."

Nov. 13, 2009 News Feature

Ellis Leads the Pre-Filed Bill Pack
"...proposed legislation -- including four bills he's dubbed his "innocence protection package," which seek to reform the eyewitness identification..."

Nov. 10, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

On the Lege
Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat is leading charges to protect both seniors and children this session
"...is calling on state lawmakers to create a Texas Innocence Commission to review cases of wrongful imprisonment as a..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

Naked City
Perry, BPP admit Houston crime lab victim is actually innocent
"...Houston Police Department crime lab. Perry's pardon "based on innocence" comes on the heels of a long-awaited, unanimous pardon..."

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Adiós! Don't Let the Door ...
A Quick Roundup of the Best and the Worst of the 78th Lege
"...received a promise from Gov. Perry that the insurance commissioner would "monitor" the fees for fairness. Overriding blistering criticism..."

June 6, 2003 News Feature

Headlines
"...major victories the passing of a bill creating an innocence commission to investigate wrongful convictions...."

Dec. 22, 2017 News Feature

Paxton Faces SEC Charges
Federal civil suit filed over tech firm investment scam
"...against Attorney General Ken Paxton: The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a federal civil case against him...."

April 11, 2016 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
Beyond City Limits
"...by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, to create an interim Innocence Commission to investigate the causes of wrongful conviction. SB..."

May 23, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Death Watch: Racial Bias Infected Sentencing Hearing
Saga to secure new hearing for Duane Buck continues
"...Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, would create an innocence commission tasked with parsing the causes of wrongful convictions,..."

March 21, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

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