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Precedent-setting Ruling: Texas Supreme Court Orders Compensation in Non-DNA Case

Billy Frederick Allen spent 26 years in prison for murder before his conviction was overturned, but not with gold-standard DNA proof of his innocence.  Two Texas courts had agreed his conviction shouldn’t stand. A Texas Court of Appeals reversed  it based on ineffective counsel. A lower court had ruled that the evidence against him was insufficient for a reasonable jury to convict him. But the state’s Comptroller had resisted paying compensation saying that Allen had not proven his innocence. On Friday, in a precedent-setting unanimous decision, the Continue reading