Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2007
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis, Senate to honor Anthony Robinson

(Austin) -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today will honor Anthony Robinson on the Senate floor with SR 341. The resolution praises Mr. Robinson for his story of perseverance and character.

An United States Army veteran, in 1986 Robinson was arrested in Houston and wrongfully convicted of rape. His pleas of innocence fell on deaf ears; Anthony filed numerous appeals with various courts, maintaining his innocence throughout his ordeal; but to no avail.

Finally, nine years and 10 months later, in November of 1996, Anthony was released on parole. There was no compassionate parole board or intervening force at work, laws in effect at the time to curb prison overcrowding in Texas basically said this guy gets to go home.

Anthony got out of prison with a single goal in mind: to clear his name by proving his innocence. He immediately set out to find a job so he could earn the money to get a DNA test and hire a lawyer. Anthony work multiple jobs for three years to scrape the money together, roughly $1,800, to finally afford the DNA test that would eventually exonerate him. Almost 13 years after his conviction, a DNA test gave Anthony Robinson the official proof of what he had tried to explain to the world all along --- he was innocent of the crime for which he had been convicted.

In 2001, Anthony Robinson played a pivotal role in helping pass legislation to boost compensation for the wrongfully accused. In 2006, fulfilled his longtime dream of becoming a lawyer, receiving his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/burden/profiles/robinson.html

WHAT:     Honoring Anthony Robinson
WHO:     Senator Rodney Ellis
WHEN:     Monday, February 26, 2007, after 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:     Senate Floor

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