That's the title of Maurice Chammah's post at the Texas Tribune, today.
A bill that would create a state panel to investigate wrongful convictions will go before the state House on Tuesday.
In a session of high-profile debates over wrongful convictions, the bill has garnered unlikely supporters, including Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
House Bill 166, by state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, would create an “exoneration review commission” named after famed exoneree Tim Cole. Members, appointed by the governor, would investigate wrongful conviction cases, identify why wrongful convictions occur, and examine appeals filed with the state’s courts for evidence of ethical violations by attorneys and judges.
Other bills filed this session aim to decrease wrongful convictions with more specific policy changes. SB 87, also by Ellis, would require police to record interrogations of suspects in custody for violent crimes, which advocates say will help in cases involving false confessions. SB 344, by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, would explicitly allow judges to order new trials in cases in which the science that led to the original conviction has changed. Several bills pushed by Morton aim to require prosecutors to share their materials with defense attorneys and extend the statute of limitations for filing grievances against prosecutors whose work has led to a wrongful conviction.