Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
February 7, 2006
Contact: Kenneth Besserman, 512-463-0113

Elected officials and criminal justice experts to discuss crime labs, DNA evidence and issues related to wrongful convictions

What: Criminal Justice Panel "Issues in Innocence: Problems with Crime Labs, DNA and the Implications for Criminal Justice Reform"
Where: Texas State Capitol, Senate Chamber
When: Friday, February 10, 2006, 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

(Austin) -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), Justice Barbara Hervey (Texas Court of Criminal Appeals), Houston City Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Carol Alvarado, Houston City Councilmember Ada Edwards, Michael Bromwich (special master of the Houston Crime lab audit), Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project in New York, and a representative from Houston Chief of Police Harold Hurtt's office will come together to discuss problems with the crime labs, DNA evidence, and issues related to wrongful convictions on Friday, February 10th from 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at the State Capitol (Senate Chamber) in Austin.

The panel, entitled "Issues in Innocence: Problems with Crime Labs, DNA and the Implications for Criminal Justice Reform," is part of the upcoming African American Legislative summit taking place in Austin from February 9-11, 2006.

The panel will bring together elected officials and criminal justice experts to address problems with crime labs, access to DNA evidence, how those issues relate to wrongful convictions, and recommend reforms and solutions to address these issues.

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