Debbie Jones spent decades coming to grips with the fact Thomas McGowan raped her. Then she found out he didn't.
This morning, two men stood in the same courtroom where they were convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to life in prison for a rape and shooting that happened almost 30 years ago. This time, both were smiling, as they were one step closer to exiting the criminal justice hell that consumed t ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce". The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If you weren't there ... More >>
Freeing the wrongfully convicted through science was the easy part. Now what?
If a man spends 26 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, you can bet he's going to want every cent he can get through the state's statutory compensation plan for the wrongfully imprisoned. We spoke with Johnnie Lindsey for this week's cover story about the ongoing legal battle between ... More >>
The Lubbock lawyer teamed up with Innocent Project lawyer Jeff Blackburn to see the state compensation for exonerees raised. Now both men are under fire from their clients.
Mark GrahamJudge Lena LevarioJeff Carlton at the Associated Press was the one who, in July, first offered the story of Stephen Brodie -- the deaf man who, in 1991, was detained by Richardson police for stealing quarters out of a soda machine and ended up pleading guilty to the unsolved sexual ass ... More >>
Photos by Kimberly ThorpeClaude Simmons and Christopher Shun Scott outside the House of Blues, shortly after their release from prison today. Check out more photos here in our slide show.The courtroom was filled with tears, then cheers: Two men who spent 12 years in prison for a crime they didn't ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeSaid Judge Carter Thompson to Jerry Lee Evans, "It's the court's hope that your next 23 years are happier than the past 23 years."After spending 23 years in a prison cell for a crime he did not commit, Jerry Lee Evans's first order of business is a Big Mac from McDonald's. So said the ... More >>
Dallas County public defender Michelle Moore -- who's on loan to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's Conviction Integrity Unit -- chimed in last night with a comment on Unfair Park. Specifically, she wanted to clear up any, well, let's just say misunderstandings stemming from last week's ... More >>
On The View this morning, when Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said Dallas County has exonerated 19 wrongly imprisoned men using DNA evidence, he received an enormous round of applause. But the appearance was less about Watkins than it was his office's Conviction Integrity Unit and Jo ... More >>
I winced when asked to screen an advance copy of Dallas DNA, Investigation Discovery's new six-part series that adds to the growing legend that is Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. It took Henry Wade decades in office to achieve legendary notoriety, but with the global media fawning ove ... More >>
After 27 years in prison, DNA exoneree Charles Chatman tries to pick up the pieces and catch up with a world that has left him behind
A terrible crime plus skaky evidence tempts prosecutors to play a secret game of "let's make a deal"