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Yea: Entre Nax Karage’s case demonstrates that the criminal justice system works, even though things sometimes happen slowly. Because of the persistence of his trial attorney, Karage is likely to be exonerated for the 1994 murder of his 14-old-girlfriend. Duncanville solo John Hendrik believed in his client’s innocence. When Karage asked Hendrik to seek retesting of DNA evidence in the case, Hendrik got it done. Hendrik also had the DNA compared to the state’s DNA database of offenders in Texas prisons. That check turned up a match. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office now is working with Hendrik to get Karage’s conviction reversed or win him a pardon. The prosecutors are working with a defense attorney to assure that justice is done. That’s the way it always should be. Nay: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released its third survey of “legal fairness” in the 50 states. Guess what? Despite the fact that Texas has gone through its umpteenth round of tort reform, including the Legislature’s passage of H.B. 4 last year, and despite the fact that conservative jurists have dominated the state’s courts for more than 10 years, the survey ranked Texas 45th out of 50. The gist of the report is that Texas courts make the state inhospitable for businesses. The chamber surveyed 1,400 senior attorneys nationwide. Survey respondents mostly included corporate and in-house counsel. It’s not surprising that lawyers who normally don’t try suits believe the Texas system isn’t fair. That’s not exactly getting information from the best source. Next time, the chamber should survey plaintiffs and defense trial lawyers. We’re sure the survey will come out much differently then.

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