Texas court ruling may affect sex offender parole

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas parolee has won a court appeal to remove his designation as a sex offender in a case where he was wasn't convicted of a sex-related crime.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that an inmate who served time for reckless injury to his baby daughters wasn't afforded due process before the state parole board slapped him with a sex-offender designation.

Texas criminal justice officials say they're not certain how many parolees may be in similar situations.

A defense lawyer has told the Austin American Statesman the ruling Wednesday by the state's highest criminal court means every parolee and inmate about to be paroled who isn't convicted of a sex-related crime is entitled to a hearing before sex-offender conditions can be imposed.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com