An Innocent Man

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 4:18pm

DNA evidence clears man falsely imprisoned for 17 years.

A Texas judge has signed an order declaring George Rodriguez an innocent man.

Rodriguez served 17 years in prison for a sexual assault he didn't commit.

He's waited another six years to have his name cleared.

What the judges order means most to Rodriguez is that he may now finally be able to earn a living.

"I feel good about it because I can get that record, I can erase that record off me now and get a job now. I don't have to put that I got a felony," Rodriguez says.

Rodriguez was released from prison in 2004 when investigators learned evidence processed by the Houston Police Department crime lab was flawed.

Still, that didn't clear his name.

Since then he's been in limbo, working off and on, sometimes collecting aluminum cans to make ends meet.

The district attorney asked to have Rodriguez exonerated after dna tests showed showed two other men committed the 1987 kidnapping and rape that sent him to prison for 17 years.

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