Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady has been named prosecutor of the year by the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section.
The Texas District and County Attorneys Association, which nominated Roady, presented the award during the group’s annual conference Wednesday in Galveston. About 1,000 prosecutors were on the island for the meeting.
The state bar honored Roady for his leadership in addressing issues in the state’s system for using DNA evidence. After developments in the field showed the results from past testing methods were drastically different from the outcomes of new methods, Roady spearheaded procedures to reanalyze questioned DNA tests.
“When Jack learned of problems with the analysis of a DNA case in his jurisdiction, he didn’t just fix his case and move on,” said Bernard Ammerman, the association’s president.
“Jack jumped in at the state level and was instrumental in helping to develop procedures for reanalysis of questioned DNA tests so that the public and defendants could be confident the labs are getting it right.”
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