Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why Tarrant County has many fewer exonerations than Dallas County?" Lack of full disclosure procedures may be key; Bob Ray Sanders. Star-Telegram;

GIST: "The sickening statistics in Dallas County got me wondering why things were so different in the adjoining county of Tarrant, where there has been only one exoneration since 2001, the year Mark Amos Webb was freed after serving 13 years of a 30-year sentence for a sexual assault he did not commit.........So, the simple answer as to why Tarrant County's exoneration rate is lower than Dallas' is that Tarrant County has made fewer mistakes than the larger county to the east. Conder attributes that to the fact that Tarrant County has always had "a lot more disclosure" than Dallas, having had for a long time an open-file policy permitting defense attorneys access to prosecutors' files before trial. Dallas County didn't institute such a policy until 2006. "Cases that shouldn't have been tried, we didn't try them," Conder said. This is not to say that there are no other wrongly convicted people from Tarrant County, but it's good to know there have long been procedures in place that helped prevent many of the horrendous miscarriages of justice we've seen in Dallas and other places around the state."

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