DALLAS (AP) - The family of an innocent Texas man who died in prison has filed a lawsuit seeking answers from the Lubbock officials who wrongly imprisoned him.
Tim Cole's elderly mother, Ruby Session, filed suit Friday in a state district court in Lubbock. According to the lawsuit, she wants to depose a Texas Tech University police officer and four Lubbock police officers. Among them is the woman who posed undercover as a Texas Tech student in an effort to flush out a serial rapist who had been assaulting students.
Cole died in prison in 1999 at age 38 of complications from asthma after being wrongly convicted of a 1985 rape of a Texas Tech student. He maintained his innocence for the rest of his life. A 2008 DNA test proved him right.
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The Timothy Cole Act passes the State Senate, and offers better compensation for the wrongfully convicted and their families.