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Throughout the nineties, Pamela Colloff had been reporting on criminal justice issues—police misconduct, fair sentencing, and cold cases—and as the new millennium got underway, increased DNA testing for old convictions exposed several cases that had put prisoners behind bars for crimes they hadn’t committed. “This phenomenon of wrongful convictions was suddenly becoming very visible to the public,” Colloff said. “So that became something I wanted to write about.” As she began researching cases, one name kept coming up: Anthony Graves.Colloff learned that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had overturned Graves’s capital murder conviction in 2006, yet for another four years he’d remained in jail while the Burleson County district attorney’s office prepared to retry the case. Colloff’s interest was piqued. What trial was so shoddy…
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