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Justice, Served Cold

Anthony Graves, 45, spent 18 years on Texas’s death row for the murder of six people. But when his co-defendant, Robert Carter, admitted just before his own execution that he had lied when he testified against Graves, Graves’ conviction was overturned. The special prosecutor, Kelly Siegler, examined the evidence and dropped charges, stating publicly that she believes Graves is innocent. When Graves filed for the compensation allowed to innocent people who are imprisoned, the Texas Comptroller’s Office refused to pay because the words “actual innocence” were not in the document ordering his release. “Even though the order didn’t contain those magical words,” said his attorney, Nicole Casarez, “I was certain the Comptroller’s Office would take a very full look at it.” (MS/Houston Chronicle) ...That, however, would require “actual intelligence.”
Publication Date: 13 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 17.

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