On June 24, Anthony Graves was appointed to the board of the Houston Forensic Science Center.
This would be simple and ordinary news, were it not for Graves’ history prior to his appointment. The 49 year old is making waves after he spent 18 years in prison, the majority of it on death row, before his murder conviction was overturned in 2010 and law enforcement officials admitted he was wrongfully accused.
As selfless and empathetic as they come, Graves has now dedicated his life to rehabilitating a system known for crucial errors that ruin lives, working in the crime lab to ensure that evidence is handled with the utmost of care and that the RIGHT people are convicted.
Had it not been for Graves’ co-defendant finally admitting, right before his own execution, that he lied about Graves’ involvement, an innocent man would have been put to death. Shortly thereafter, the state bar of Texas stripped former District Attorney Charles Sebesta of his law license, due to his withholding of evidence and use of false testimony.
Graves could have focused his efforts on retribution from a system that failed him, yet instead focused on rehabilitation of that same system so that it can better serve others. Let that be a lesson for us all.