House Panel to Investigate Tulia, Texas Case

"The House Judiciary Committee will investigate the role of a federal task force in the controversial drug arrests of 46 mostly black citizens at Tulia, Texas, nearly four years ago, a committee spokesman said Thursday. The undercover officer whose uncorroborated testimony led to 38 convictions in the small West Texas town was working for the Panhandle Regional Narcotics Trafficking Task Force."

Three Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus requested the review: Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Charles Rangel of New York and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

The undercover agent has since been indicted on perjury charges. 13 defendants remain in jail, pending a decision by the Texas appeals court. Our complete prior coverage of the case is here.

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