StandDown Texas Project

The StandDown Texas Project identifies and advocates best practices in the criminal justice system. To stand down is to go off duty temporarily, especially to review safety procedures. That is what Texas needs to do with its death penalty.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Harris County Lab Scandal Implodes

On the same day, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt called for a moratorium on executions for Harris County cases, and the District Attorney conceded that a second individual should be released due to testing flaws.

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The New York Times also covered these issues:

George Rodriguez has spent 17 years in Texas prison. Observers expect that he will be released soon. Last year, Josiah Sutton was released after spending four years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He received a pardon only this year, and has still not received any compensation for his wrongful conviction and incarceration.

This is far from the last we've heard on the crime lab fiasco.


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