Mother of wrongfully convicted man honored by state Senate

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Ruby Cole Session of Fort Worth, the mother of wrongly convicted inmate Timothy Brian Cole, was honored on the floor of the Texas Senate on Tuesday for her achievements as an educator, criminal justice reformer and a “fierce champion of the wrongly accused.”

The Senate resolution, introduced by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, praised the long-time teacher and mother of seven for efforts to prove her eldest son’s innocence after he was wrongly imprisoned in the rape of a Texas Tech University student in 1985.

“I’ve never had an honor bestowed on me before other than Mother’s Day,” she told the Star-Telegram after Davis introduced her on the Senate floor. “It’s truly an honor.”

Session also said she planned to join another son, Cory Session, in meeting with legislators later in the day in an effort to try to rescue troubled legislation that would create a statewide innocence commission to investigate wrongful convictions.

Cory Session engaged in an accusatory exchange with Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, during a committee hearing earlier this month, telling the lawmaker at a committee hearing that he was “sickened’ by her opposition to the commission.

Huffman, a former judge and Harris County prosecutor, says she supports improvements in the criminal justice system but opposes the proposed commission as an unneeded addition to the state bureaucracy.

Davis spokesman Rick Svatora said the Senate resolution for Ruth Session was planned weeks ago and had no connection the contentious legislative dispute over the proposed innocence commission.

The Tarrant County senator called Session “a remarkable woman” who never ceased in her efforts to try to clear her son’s name because “it was the right thing to do.” The resolution said that “her work on behalf of her son’s case is a poignant testament to a mother’s refusal to give up hope.”

The resolution also said that Session had a “positive impact on the lives of innumerable school children” as a teacher for more than 30 years. She was one of the first 25 African-American women to graduate from Texas Christian University, the resolution noted.

Dave Montgomery, 512-739-4471 Twitter: @daveymontgomery

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