Letters to the Editor

All Points: Innocents in prison

Brian Edward Franklin (left) shakes the hand of one of his attorneys, Dick DeGuerin (center) and Neal Davis (far right). A bond hearing was held in Judge Wayne Salvant's courtroom, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, for the release of Franklin, a former Fort Worth police officer convicted of sexual assault who was granted a new trial. He was in prison for 21 years before the appeals court reversed ruling and granted him a new trial.
Brian Edward Franklin (left) shakes the hand of one of his attorneys, Dick DeGuerin (center) and Neal Davis (far right). A bond hearing was held in Judge Wayne Salvant's courtroom, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, for the release of Franklin, a former Fort Worth police officer convicted of sexual assault who was granted a new trial. He was in prison for 21 years before the appeals court reversed ruling and granted him a new trial. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

“I’m not the only innocent man in prison,” former Fort Worth police officer Brian Edward Franklin said after an appeals court determined that he had been wrongly convicted and granted him a new trial.

Franklin spent 21 years in prison, accused of the sexual assault of a child, which he has steadfastly denied. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found conflicting elements in his accuser’s testimony.

“The district attorney’s office does not believe there are innocent people in prison from Tarrant County,” he said. Do you believe there are? How much does that bother you?

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