Press Statement
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
October 3, 2007
Contact: Brandon Dudley, (713)236-0306

Statement of Senator Rodney Ellis Concerning the Possible Exoneration of Ronnie Taylor

"I offer my condolences to Ronnie Taylor for the 12 years he has been forced to suffer in prison for a crime he did not commit, and I commend the Innocence Project for the valuable work they have done to prove Mr. Taylor's innocence and District Attorney Rosenthal for taking swift action in this case.

"It would be disturbing enough if Mr. Taylor's case was an isolated incident, but the unfortunate reality is the discovery of wrongful convictions is becoming increasingly frequent in a state that already leads the nation in this shameful statistic. These compounding exonerations are clear and convincing evidence that our criminal justice system is broken, and it's time we took the steps necessary find out why it's broken, and what we need to do to fix it. In no other sphere of public policy would rational people see this many disasters and not be willing to pull together a panel of experts to ask what went wrong and what can be learned from those tragic mistakes to prevent them from happening again.

"It is time for the leaders of this state to come together and to take the necessary steps to ensure that our citizens have a system of justice they can have confidence in and is instilled with the fairness and integrity that justice demands."