Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Texas Black Man freed through DNA evidence

Cornelius Dupree Jr. was found innocent after serving 30 years for a crime he did not commit. This was proven using the DNA evidence from the case which was saved these past 30 years. He had been sentenced to 75 years in prison for rape charges he did not commit. Thank God for DNA testing. Otherwise this poor man would have spent the rest of his life in prison.

Dupree, now 51, will receive a well deserved $2.4 million as compensation for the wrongful imprisonment. That State has a terrible track record when it comes to justice for Blacks. It's a disgrace. According to the Huffington Post, Watkins, the DA, has cooperated with innocence groups in reviewing hundreds of requests by inmates for DNA testing. Watkins, the first black district attorney in Texas history, has also pointed to what he calls "a convict-at-all-costs mentality" that he says permeated his office before he arrived in 2007.

Texas has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001 – more than any other state.

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