- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A bill establishing an 11-member commission to examine wrongful convictions is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The House voted Thursday to accept Senate tweaks to a measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon.

Its Senate sponsor, Democrat Rodney Ellis, said he’d spent years attempting to pass similar proposals. Abbott can now sign it into law.

The commission would be named for Timothy Cole, who died in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape. He was cleared 10 years after he died, and in 2010 became the first Texan posthumously pardoned.

The commission will examine exoneration cases since 2010, and make recommendations to avoid mistakes in the future.

Texas exonerated 39 people in 2014, the most nationwide. Most were drug convictions dismissed after lab results were found to be faulty.


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