Big day for my employers at the Innocence Project of Texas today:
Prosecutor faces interrogation over Brady
In Dallas, IPOT board chairman Gary Udashen questioned a former prosecutor accused of withholding Brady material in the 1999 murder convictions of Dennis Allen and Stanley Mozee (Mr. Allen is an IPOT client; Mr. Mozee is represented by the national Innocence Project). After prosecutors and the trial judge recommended relief, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the trial court to put the prosecutor on the stand and ask him why he failed to turn over evidence of deals with jailhouse informants. That's what happened today.
DNA mixture notification snafu
This afternoon, IPOT's legal director Mike Ware attended a Forensic Science Commission work group discussing notification and indigent defense challenges related to defendants convicted based on erroneous DNA mixture protocols. (See prior Grits coverage.)
Exoneration Commission: What issues might it investigate?
See recommendations drafted by your correspondent on behalf of the IPOT for the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Panel suggesting issue areas for possible study based on an examination of recent innocence cases. The commission's first meeting is Thursday afternoon in Austin.
Tack on the fact that we sent out a fundraising email this morning and it's been quite a busy day.