AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) - A Texas Senator is asking the Texas Attorney General to review the posthumous pardon to Tim Cole. Tim Cole is the former Texas Tech student who was wrongly convicted of rape and died in prison before DNA evidence cleared him.
Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston announced Tuesday that he asked Attorney General Greg Abbott whether governors can grant posthumous pardons or whether a constitutional amendment is required.
Cole's relatives have called on Governor Perry to grant the pardon. Perry has said he lacks the authority to do so.
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