Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, January 17, 2001

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN'S RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR PERRY'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANS

AUSTIN - The following is a statement from Attorney General John Cornyn about Gov. Rick Perry's speech today to the Texas Association of Broadcasters:

"While I strongly believe in the fairness of our criminal justice system, there is room for improvement. I commend the Governor's commitment to improving our criminal justice system in Texas."

"Thus, when post-conviction DNA testing can shed light on the correctness of a conviction, it ought to be routinely available in capital and other felony cases. When science can aid juries and courts in determining guilt or innocence, fairness demands that such evidence be considered.

"Additionally, qualified, competent counsel should be available to criminal defendants regardless of their economic status. That is why I support a uniform statewide standard for certification of court-appointed attorneys in capital cases.

"Finally, I am grateful to the Governor for his continued support of Texas Exile, a gun violence reduction initiative, whose motto is, "Gun crime means hard time." It has and will continue to save lives in our state."

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