Bill Addresses Changing Science in Criminal Appeals

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Advocates are backing a renewed push to streamline the appeals process for those who were convicted based on science that has since been discredited.

Senate Bill 344, filed Monday by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, would establish a statute expressly allowing Texas courts to overturn convictions in cases where the forensic science that originally led to the verdict has changed. State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, filed a companion bill, HB 967, on Tuesday. 

Though the proposal has failed twice before, Whitmire said that several recent Court of Criminal Appeals decisions may make it more likely to pass, and that ...

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