Norman Mack

On October 5, 2005, police in Houston, Texas, arrested 25-year-old Norman Mack on a charge of possession of cocaine.
 
He pleaded guilty on November 17, 2005 and was sentenced to six months in jail.
 
Later that month, the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory tested the substance and discovered that it was chlorpromazine, not cocaine.
 
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office notified Mack’s attorney and prepared a state petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
 
The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals granted the writ on March 1, 2006. Mack was released the same day.
 
The District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge on March 27, 2006.
 
– Maurice Possley
 

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State:Texas
County:Harris
Most Serious Crime:Drug Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2005
Convicted:2005
Exonerated:2006
Sentence:six months
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age:25
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No