The November issue of Texas Monthly features a piece by Michael Hall titled "The Exonerated," which offers testimony from the 37 men who spent a combined 525 years in Texas prisons for crimes of which they were later cleared. Actually, not all the men spoke to Hall: Michael Blair, convicted in 1994 for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Ashley Estell, refused to be interviewed.
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On November 6, Hall will be joined by the likes of Dallas's James Waller, exonerated in March 2007 after 11 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit; Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins; and SMU's Rick Halperin and Tony Pederson to discuss the story at McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall on the SMU campus. Those interested in attending can RSVP here; space, of course, is limited. --Robert Wilonsky