We won’t know for sure who the new chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice will be until the official announcement from Speaker Craddick, but there is a list going around the blogosphere posted by a conservative blogger, that is supposed to be a leaked list of the new chairs. According to this list, the new Chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice will be Aaron Peña (D-Edinburg) .from South Texas. He was first elected to the House in 2003. Two of the three recent reports of possible cases of innocent people having been wrongfully executed were cases involving people from South Texas, Ruben Cantu from San Antonio and Carlos De Luna from Corpus Christi.
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