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Thursday, May 31, 2007

CrimProf Michael Ware Appointed Special Assistant Prosecutor

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins ‘94 announced that Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Adjunct CrimProf and Wesleyan Innocence Project Director Michael Ware has been appointed as special assistant prosecutor responsible for overseeing DNA evidence and conviction integrity in the Dallas County D.A.’s office.

The announcement was made at the law school during the Innocence Project of Texas’ training seminar on Friday, May 25. To prepare for the review of almost 400 cases involving questionable DNA evidence, students from the Wesleyan Innocence Project attended a training seminar that included information on DNA evidence and case management.

Watkins arrived at the training around mid-day to make the announcement and to talk about the work of the Innocence Project.

“We’re not freeing the guilty, but working to free the innocent and bring credibility to the justice system in

Dallas

,” Watkins said. “What I’m doing is the right thing. I’m not just dispensing justice.”

Ware’s new position as special assistant prosecutor was made possible when

Dallas

County

commissioners recently approved almost $360,000 for hiring a special prosecutor and staff to review cases with questionable evidence.

“I’m {really} impressed with what Craig Watkins has brought to the office,” Ware said. “He has asked me to be part of something historic.”

Watkins called the work of the Wesleyan Innocence Project invaluable. He reminded students that they have a responsibility to their law degree and that responsibility should be exercised wisely. Wesleyan Innocence Project students work on a pro bono basis, receiving no credit or payment for their time.

[Mark Godsey]

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