Monday, April 28, 2008

Another wrongfully convicted Dallas County man freed!

Maggie says:
Kudos to Unfair Park, again, for being on top of this late-breaking news:

After Tomorrow, Make That 18 Dallas County Men Freed After DNA Testing

Two weeks after Thomas McGowan became the 17th Dallas County prisoner released following DNA testing, 55-year-old James Lee Woodard becomes the 18th. On July 17, 1981, Woodard was sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault and strangulation of a woman found near the Trinity River on New Year's Eve 1980. If he is indeed released tomorrow, as expected, Woodard will "be the longest-serving wrongly convicted man in the nation to be exonerated by DNA testing," according to the Associated Press.

Who do we have to thank? You guessed it: The Innocence Project of Texas. Again. Who I am strongly considering donating my "stimulus" check to, by the way...

Linkage: m-pyre on Thomas McGowan here.