Innocence Project honors district attorney's post-conviction review section

Published 10/14/2010
- 2:14 p.m. CST, the Cypress Times

HOUSTON,
TX - The Innocence Project of Texas will present its 2010 Honesty and
Integrity
in Prosecution award Thursday to the Harris County District Attorney's
Office,
for the work by the Post Conviction Review Section in freeing inmates
who had
been wrongfully convicted.

Harris
County District Attorney Patricia Lykos, who established the special
unit when
she took office in January 2009, and Section members will attend the
organization's award ceremonies in Dallas. "This honor reflects what
this
office is all about - integrity and honesty," Lykos said. "All of us
in the District Attorney's Office are proud of our honorees'
accomplishments
and commitment to justice."

The
Post Conviction Review honorees are Section Chief Baldwin Chin,
Assistant
District Attorney Alicia O'Neill, and District Attorney's Investigators
J.J.
Freeze and Donald Cohn.

One
of the first official actions by Lykos was to create the section to
investigate
credible claims of innocence from inmates who had exhausted their
regular
avenues of appeal. She explained that convicting innocent people is a
"triple tragedy" that sends the wrong person to prison, denies real
justice to victims and leaves the actual criminal free to strike again.

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