Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady has been named 2016 Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section. The presentation of this prestigious award will take place in Galveston on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association's Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update Conference.
Roady is being honored for the leadership role he has played in addressing issues surrounding the developing science of mixture DNA forensic analysis. "When Jack learned of problems with the analysis of a DNA case in his jurisdiction, he didn't just fix his case and move on," said Bernard Ammerman, TDCAA's President. "Jack jumped in at the state level and was instrumental in helping to develop procedures for reanalysis of questioned DNA tests so that the public and defendants could be confident the labs are getting it right."
The issue with mixture DNA--a sample containing DNA from more than one person--was identified two years ago when Roady sought retesting of some evidence. When the lab applied new standards recommended by scientists, the result was very different from results under the old standards. (For more information on that Galveston case involving mixture DNA, see The Changing State of DNA Analysis from the July-August issue of our journal, The Texas Prosecutor.) That has since led to the state developing a system to notify people who were convicted at least in part because of mixture DNA evidence under the old standards and to determine if new analysis is justified. That process is ongoing at this time.
"Because of Jack's leadership, Texas is at the forefront of resolving the DNA mixture issue, which is a national issue," said TDCAA Executive Director Rob Kepple. "In conjunction with the Texas Forensic Science Commission and the criminal defense bar, Jack worked to get a statewide review and notification system developed. Once again, Texas is leading the way because of Jack's dedication to justice and getting it right."
For further information about this event, contact Sarah Wolf, TDCAA Communications Director, at 512/474-2436.