Texas Senate passes Timothy Cole Act - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/11/09

Texas Senate passes Timothy Cole Act

AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) - The Timothy Cole Act passes the State Senate, and offers better compensation for the wrongfully convicted and their families. 

House Bill 1736, known as the Tim Cole Act, goes back to the House after changes made by the Senate. It will also ensure justice for wrongfully convicted Texans who have died in prison.

The legislation by Senators Robert Duncan of Lubbock and Rodney Ellis of Houston increases the lump sum compensation for all exonerees from $50,000 to $80,000 per year of incarceration. 

Tim Cole was a student at Texas Tech when he was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1985. He maintained his innocence until he died in prison in 1999. In 2008, DNA testing exonerated Cole. On February 6th, Cole was officially exonerated by Travis County District Judge Charlie Baird.

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