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Dallas District Attorney Calls for Justice Reform that Bases Appeals on Race

Posted on 1/21/2013 by with 0 comments

The Dallas prosecutor who built a reputation for freeing wrongfully convicted inmates says he has a new idea to advance criminal justice reform: a statewide bill that would allow defendants to appeal convictions and sentences on the basis of race.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said in a recent interview that he wants Texas to consider a racial justice act. He says an act might allow defendants to introduce different forms of evidence to argue their prosecutions or sentence were influenced in some way by race.


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