A man whose testimony was responsible for the arrests of a large proportion of the black population in Tulia, Tx., admits “some mess-ups” in handling the cases. Thomas Coleman testified in a challenge by four men who are serving prison terms of 20 to 90 years on drug charges, says the New York Times. The paper says Coleman “expressed less than certainty that the 22 people who remain in prison based on his testimony are all guilty.” Coleman, a former undercover police officer, supported charges in the late 1990s against 46 residents of Tulia, most of them black. The Times says they represented more than 10 percent of the African-American population of the town of 5,000.
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