Shortly after Judge Carter Thompson said to Jerry Lee Evans, "It's the court's hope that your next 23 years are happier than the past 23 years," Dallas County's latest DNA exoneree appeared, via satellite, on CNN's Larry King Live. He was joined by Dallas County public defender Michelle Moore -- who's on loan to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins's Conviction Integrity Unit -- and the DA.
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