Senate passes bill to create lineup policies

Posted on March 17th, 2011 No Comments

This week, members of the Texas Senate passed a bill with a 30-0 vote to create written policies concerning criminal lineups in law enforcement agencies in Texas.  Currently, only about 12 percent of police departments in the state have written policies on how to conduct a photo or live lineup.

Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, created the bill in an attempt to combat Texas’ reputation for wrongful convictions.Texas has the highest number of convicts exonerated on DNA evidence in the country, with over 40 people being exonerated since 1994.

If the bill is also approved in the House of Representatives, officials at Sam Houston State University will work with police departments to determine the best policies concerning witness preparation before a lineup, documented witness statements, ensuring that a lineup administrator does not know which member of the lineup is the suspect, and how to work with non-English speaking witnesses, suspects or other members of the lineup.

If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime in Dallas and would like to meet with an attorney to learn more about expunction, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today.

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