Lawmakers Consider Exonerations Commission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new state commission would investigate wrongful convictions under a bill advancing in the Texas Legislature.

The bill is set for a hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday.

The board would examine the work of prosecutors and judges for misconduct. The National Registry of Exonerations has counted 125 since 1989 in Texas courts.

San Antonio Democratic Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon's bill passed the House last month in a 115-28 vote.

Prosecutors and other law enforcement officials have opposed the measure.

Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston said he expects to win the committee's approval by a thin margin. He added that he does not have enough votes to pass the Senate, even after adjusting the bill to limit the commission's powers.

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