Last week, Harris County, Texas, court officials appointed three Houston attorneys to review requests to retest DNA evidence filed by defendants convicted with DNA evidence, reports the city’s Chronicle. The team is reviewing 200 pending requests filed by Harris County defendants under a new law that took effect in 2001, and they say 12 to 15 new requests are made each month.
The team, which includes attorneys Bob Wicoff, Thomas A. Martin and Kelly Smith, sat down with the paper for a Q & A interview. Among other things, the paper asked, “What does your crystal ball tell you the end result might be in terms of exonerations among the 200 cases?” Wicoff replied, “Who knows? Maybe zero; maybe 30. Who knows?”