- James Giles: Exonerated yesterday after spending ten years in prison and years more registered as a sex offender for a crime he didn't commit.
- James Waller: Exonerated earlier this year after spending ten years in prison based on faulty eyewitness testimony. He was wrongfully convicted for raping a child, an offense punished more harshly as part of Jessica's Law this session.
- Chris Ochoa: Convicted based on a false confession, Chistopher Ochoa used his $5.3 million settlement from the City of Austin to go to law school. Scheck pointed out that Ochoa participated in debates at the Lege six years ago that led to the establishment of post-conviction DNA testing and innocence compensation in Texas.
- Brandon Moon: Spent more than 17 years wrongfully incarcerated for rape. He became a writ writer while inside and two years ago suggested giving prisoners open records access would be an important innocence reform.
Grits previewed these bills earlier. You can listen to these wrongfully convicted men tell in their own words why they support them - here's video of the committee hearing from this morning. The committee reconvened briefly this afternoon and all three bills were voted out favorably to the full Senate.
UPDATE: See initial MSM coverage from AP and Texas Politics.