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March 27, 2007


James Waller before his conviction, with his grandmother

Exonerated By DNA

Exonerated by DNA

Over the last 5 years, the state of Texas has proven 12 people innocent by DNA testing. This month, James Waller officially became part of that group when he was exonerated of raping a child in 1982. The evidence that convicted him: the victim said James's voice sounded like that of the rapist. It took 24 years before the verdict was finally overturned.

Dick Gordon talks to James about how he remained sane serving time for a crime he did not commit. James says his family never treated him differently because he was flagged as a sex offender. However, he was heart-broken when the court prohibited him from being around his nieces and nephews.

I served 10 years, 11 months and 3 days in prison. Every year the parole board asked me, "Do you feel remorse for the crime?" I always said, "No. I can't feel remorse for a crime I did not commit".
-James Waller


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