By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Justice Wallace Jefferson of State Supreme Court called for a commission to investigate wrongful convictions, suggesting on Wednesday that faith in the legal system might be undermined given that Texas leads the nation in prisoners set free by DNA testing. Addressing the Legislature, the chief justice of Texas’ highest civil court said, “If innocent people are rotting in prison for crimes they did not commit, we certainly have not achieved justice for all.” He pointed to statistics showing that over the past 25 years, 117 Texans have been exonerated, 47 of them by DNA testing, the most nationwide.

 

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