Dallas DA Joins Effort to Overturn Man's Rape Conviction

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The Dallas County district attorney's office says it will support efforts to exonerate a man who was convicted of participating in a 1982 gang rape.

Lawyers for James Curtis Giles have asked a state district judge to throw out his conviction.

They contend police investigating the case in 1982 failed to share evidence with defense attorneys that would have implicated a man named with an almost identical name.

First Assistant District Attorney Terri Moore says new evidence presented by the Innocence Project of New York and related DNA testing convinced prosecutors that the wrong man was convicted.

If the case is resolved, it would be the third exoneration since District Attorney Craig Watkins took office January 1st and pledged to free anyone wrongfully convicted.

DNA evidence has exonerated 12 Dallas County men since 2001.