The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that President Obama wanted to consider additional clemency applications based on a new set of factors that would allow for more just outcomes for nonviolent drug offenders.
A longtime medical examiner for Bexar County has been appointed to the newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science.
The commission, which meets for the first time in February, was created last year to establish national standards to help assure the scientific value and accuracy of evidence in criminal cases and investigations.
Dr. Vincent DiMaio of San Antonio, who is now a consultant, said lawmakers and the president became interested in standardizing evidence after DNA evidence began to disprove convictions.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.
Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.