Thursday, July 9, 2009
Deceased exoneree’s family hopes Governor Perry will issue posthumous pardon
Fort Worth's Tim Cole, who died in prison in 1999, was exonerated this year.
Tim Cole of Fort Worth, accused of raping a Texas Tech student, died in prison in 1999. DNA testing proved his innocence and a judge exonerated him this year. Cole's family has requested a posthumous pardon from Governor Rick Perry, but Perry believed that he couldn't issue such a document without a state constitutional amendment.
A recent legislative review, however, states that Perry does have the power to issue posthumous pardons and should do so in this case. Perry's office maintains that the decision is up to the state attorney general.
Posted by Erin