"Innocence Commission" Bill Poised to Make Return

State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, was stunned during the 2011 legislative session when a bill she sponsored that would have created an “innocence commission” to investigate cases of wrongful conviction was shot down on its third and final reading.

HB 115 had gone through its first two readings and passed by an 82-54 margin. But the next day, it was defeated by a 51-91 vote. "It was my assumption it was going to pass," McClendon said. "It was a shock."

Calling the commission’s approval a crucial step for ensuring Texas improves its record on wrongful convictions, McClendon ...

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