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Why Were There So Many Criminal Exonerations in Harris County Last Year?

An annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations reveals a record number of exonerations in the U.S. last year — 125 of them, in fact. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase over 2012 and 2013. Plus 33 of those exonerations came in drug cases in Harris County. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Samuel […]

An annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations reveals a record number of exonerations in the U.S. last year — 125 of them, in fact. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase over 2012 and 2013. Plus 33 of those exonerations came in drug cases in Harris County.

Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Samuel Gross, a law professor from the University of Michigan and editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, about how and why this may have occurred.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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