April 28, 2014

Questions raised about Dallas exoneree’s death in jail in 2012 report: Innocence Project lawyers helped free James Lee Woodard from prison. Now questions are being raised about the lawyers who didn’t get him out of a Dallas jail on bail after a drug arrest in 2012.

James Lee Woodard had been in prison for 27 years for a Dallas County murder he didn’t commit when he was proved innocent with the help of the Innocence Project and was released in 2008.

Woodard began to receive monthly installments of the $4 million compensation paid by the state of Texas.

And his cocaine use increased, his former fiancee said. In August 2012, Woodard was arrested with a gram of cocaine. His lawyers decided not to bail him out. And then in October, Woodard died in jail of a seizure.

Now questions are being raised about the roles of the lawyers who helped free Woodard from prison, but not from jail. Story at

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