A new study shows that the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has the best records for lymph node examination and the best chance at getting an exonerated person exonerated.
In a study of more than 100,000 DNA exonerations nationwide from the 1990s to the present, the TMC examiners had the best exoneration rates, and the medical examiner’s office was the only one of the three major medical examiners to do so, according to a report from the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch released Tuesday.TMCs examiners are more likely to have a clean criminal record and lower recidivism rates, said Dr. Michael G. Cohen, president of the American Association of Medical Examiners.
“That is a very strong indicator of having a good job,” Cohen said.
“They are also highly educated, and they know their patients and the cases that they handle.
They’re also very thorough in how they treat the medical records.
And, of course, the exoneration rate is very high.”
The new study also found that the medical examining profession in Texas was far more likely than the national average to exonerate someone of a homicide or sexual assault, even when the crime happened in another state.
That was true for the TRC examiners, who were also the highest exoneration recipients in the state, with a rate of 82.3 percent.
That rate was just slightly higher than the nationwide average exoneration, at 76.8 percent.
But the TNCs exoneration records were not nearly as good.
The TRCs exonerations in Texas were more than twice as likely as the national rate, but only 2.4 percent of the exonerations were in Texas.
That means that a person exonerating in Texas had an even higher chance of getting his or her exoneration exonerated in Texas than exonerating someone in New York or Massachusetts.
While the exonerators are exonerated by their state medical examiner in about 70 percent of cases, in the other 50 percent, the medical examinations are not considered, Cohen said, because it’s too difficult to track the medical history of a person.
In addition to exonerating the exonerated, the results show that the results of the TCC examiners can be used to determine if the exonerating person was the victim of a crime.
A person who has been convicted of a felony but not a violent crime may have a lower chance of being found guilty in a TCC case, even if the person was exonerated of a murder charge.
For a person who was convicted of only a nonviolent crime and who is exonerated through a TRC, the odds of being exonerated are only about 15 percent, but the chances of being convicted of both a felony and a violent offense is about 60 percent, according the study.
But in cases of rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, kidnapping and aggravated assault, the chance of conviction is much higher, at 80 percent.
The findings come as state legislators and judges are looking to pass tougher laws to crack down on crimes that have led to exonerations, such as crimes against children.
But critics have said the laws are too broad and that they will allow the medical examination system to remain largely untainted by DNA evidence.
Tarrant’s Medical Examiner, Dr. William Hines, told the newspaper that his office has an exoneration process that goes beyond the criminal investigation, and that his examiners work closely with the police department and prosecutors in each case.
“We do not have the power to do anything else,” Hines said.
In the case of a rape, he said, “We’re the ones who get to do the autopsy, and then the police come in, and we start talking to the victim and the police.
We’ll ask them if they want to make a statement.
If they say yes, we’ll send them a blood sample, and if they say no, we’re going to send them to a laboratory to see if they can match the DNA.”
Hines said the TLC examiners have no access to the rape kit, which would allow them to do a forensic DNA analysis.
The new findings were the result of a three-year investigation of exonerations conducted by Human Rights, the National Registry of Exonerations and the Innocence Project.
Human Rights has published the report and will present it to the Texas Legislature this month.
The findings were released on Tuesday after the Texas Supreme Court granted a stay on the release of the report until a decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on whether the Texas law that allows TRC medical examines to release DNA evidence is unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court decision will likely come down next year.
Human Rights has said it will continue to push for a constitutional change to the law, and human rights groups, including the Innacence Project, have urged lawmakers to do that.