Tulia Update


A Texas judge has recommended that an appeals court set aside the drug convictions of 38 people arrested in Tulia on the dubious say-so of undercover cop Tom Coleman. Since Coleman found his own testimony unbelievable and the corroborating evidence was thin to nonexistent, this was not a tough call. The prosecutors agreed that the convictions, which resulted from a one-man sting operation that put one-tenth of Tulia's black population behind bars, should be vacated. "It is established by all parties and approved by the court that Tom Coleman is simply not a credible witness under oath," said Judge Ron Chapman.