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Former Dallas DA: I convicted an innocent man

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Today, the Dallas Morning News ran an editorial by James A. Fry, a former Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Charles Chatman for aggravated rape.  Mr. Chatman was convicted but conclusively exonerated by DNA evidence 27 years later.  Mr. Fry, who is in his words “no bleeding heart,” explains his personal journey from a supporter of the death penalty to one who believes “that our criminal justice system is incapable of adequately distinguishing between the innocent and guilty.”  His piece is brave and poignant.   He reminds us all of the very real need for systemic reform.  As Mr. Fry says, “It is not too much to ask that we not convict and execute innocent people in our quest to enforce the law. Let’s get this system fixed.”

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