Ex-Texas death row inmate now questions prosecutors

Anthony Graves
FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 file photo, Former Texas Death Row Inmate, Anthony Graves, electronically files a grievance against former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta asking that Sebesta be held accountable by the State Bar of Texas for Graves' wrongful murder conviction at Texas Southern University in Houston. Sebesta has been stripped of his law license after a panel of the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and used false testimony to win a capital murder conviction against a now-exonerated death row inmate, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

DALLAS (AP) — A man who was exonerated after spending 12 years on Texas’ death row is getting the chance to question lawyers who are running to become Dallas’ top prosecutor.

Anthony Graves on Saturday moderated a panel of candidates for Dallas County district attorney. He called the event an opportunity to push forward changes in the criminal justice system in the nation’s most active death penalty state.

Convicted in 1994 of murder, Graves was cleared in 2010 after an alleged accomplice recanted his testimony that Graves was involved and an investigation found misconduct by the district attorney in the case. That prosecutor was later disbarred.

Graves now serves as the smart justice initiatives manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

He says he understands a top prosecutor’s power “better than most.”