Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Media Use Only
August 5, 2004
Contact: Brandon Dudley, 713-236-0306

Senator Ellis, Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, and other local elected officials and community organizations call for Independent Audit of Houston Crime Lab

Houston// -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, local elected officials, and civil rights organizations will hold a press conference to discuss the case of George Rodriguez and the need for an independent audit of the Houston Police Crime Lab. Rodriguez has served 17 years in prison due to what appears to be faulty DNA evidence and testimony that was uncovered by Mr. Scheck and the Innocence Project. The case comes on the heals of recent scrutiny of the crime lab and provides further evidence of the need for and independent audit of the lab.

Senator Rodney Ellis, Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, Congressman Chris Bell, Judge Al Green, Representative Senfronia Thompson, Representative Garnet Coleman, Councilmember Ada Edwards, Mayor Pro-tem Carol Alvarado, NAACP, LULAC, Houston Ministers Against Crime, and the Urban League.
Press Conference concerning Further Problems with the Houston Crime Lab
Friday, August 6, 2004; 11:00 a.m.
Houston City Hall Visitors Center, 901 Bagby