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"Since his release from prison, Graves is active in criminal justice reform. Late last week, he spoke at the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence's Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium in San Antonio. "This seems to be part of the solution and not the problem," said Graves. Beyond his efforts to punish prosecutors who cheat at trial, Graves says he wants science strengthened. "Obviously, our findings can be vital to the outcome of a criminal justice case," said Heidi Eldridge, a research forensic scientist with RTI International. "And so we want to make sure we're representing our evidence in a way that is appropriate and correct in its findings." Junk science and a poor fire investigation helped convict Willingham, and a prosecutor may have put an innocent man to death. Graves insists more cases like Willingham's have yet to be uncovered. "Todd wasn't the only man who had a strong claim to actual innocence that was executed. There are many more Todd Willinghams that are in the grave behind the state of Texas," said Graves. The prosecutor in that case is former Navarro County Assistant District Attorney A. John Jackson. Jackson was charged with misconduct by the state bar in March, but he denies the claims.