Cole memorial not forgotten, comes before City Council again

Published: Jun. 5, 2012 at 2:53 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:57 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is a renewed effort to honor Timothy Cole in Lubbock. City Councilman Todd Klein will put an idea up for discussion at the next city council meeting.

Cole was wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape. After he died in prison, Governor Rick Perry made Cole the first man in Texas to be pardoned posthumously.

Earlier this year Klein originally proposed a fountain, which was met with objections about cost and maintenance. Now he is proposing a bronze relief image housed with a concrete stand at 19th and university.

Local attorney Kevin Glasheen will put up his law firm's private money for the memorial.

"Our law firm has represented a lot of wrongfully convicted persons. And we've represented Tim Cole's family," Glasheen said. "So we thought it would be appropriate to give something back to the community to help the community remember and honor Tim Cole."

The monument would be right across the street from Texas Tech where Cole was a student. It would be seven feet tall and under the current proposal it would have the words "justice for all" at the very top.