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Texas House proposes Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Board

Published: Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:14 AM CST
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AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) - A new bill named after a wrongly convicted Lubbock man is heading to the House of Representatives tomorrow.

House Bill 166 would create the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission.

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

If the bill passes, the commission would investigate cases similar to Cole's.

Representative Ruth McClendon is proposing the bill and says the goal is to uncover errors in current criminal procedures that contribute to wrongful convictions.

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