Jack Roady Re-Election Kick-off and Fund Raiser

Kickoff and Fundraiser.jpgSave the date! Our Re-Election Kickoff is June 29th, 5 - 8 pm, at the Three Acres Food Truck Park. We'll have great food, cold drinks, games, and terrific live music by One Way Home. Dress comfy and bring your lawn chairs - it will be a great evening.


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Galveston DA Jack Roady to Receive Prosecutor of the Year Award

From the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, September 20, 2016:

Jack Roady, Prosecutor of the YearGalveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady has been named 2016 Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section. The presentation of this prestigious award will take place in Galveston on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association's Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update Conference. 

Roady is being honored for the leadership role he has played in addressing issues surrounding the developing science of mixture DNA forensic analysis. "When Jack learned of problems with the analysis of a DNA case in his jurisdiction, he didn't just fix his case and move on," said Bernard Ammerman, TDCAA's President. "Jack jumped in at the state level and was instrumental in helping to develop procedures for reanalysis of questioned DNA tests so that the public and defendants could be confident the labs are getting it right."

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Texas leading massive review of criminal cases based on change in DNA calculations

From the Houston Chronicle, by Gabrielle Banks, January 30, 2016 Updated: February 1, 2016 11:21am:

Roady-and-Shawhan.jpgTexas criminal justice organizations have begun reviewing thousands of cases that relied on an outdated method for calculating the odds that a particular person left DNA evidence at a crime scene.

At issue are samples that include more than one person's DNA, such as evidence swabbed from a countertop after a convenience store heist or taken from bodily fluids in a rape kit. Experts revised national guidelines for calculating odds in these scenarios six years ago, but no one sounded an alarm or asked prosecutors to re-examine cases that used the previous methodology.

Now, Texas labs and lawyers are reviewing pending prosecutions and thousands of adjudicated cases, including those of death row defendants who had this type of evidence presented at trial.
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