Could President George W. Bush Have Saved a Man From Execution in 2000?

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Paul Cates, the director of communication the Innocence Project, said that it is likely Bush would have stayed Jones' execution had he been aware of the circumstances. In fact, he'd done so before for another death row inmate just months prior.

"[President Bush] had done so just a few months earlier on a case that he'd worked on and said at the time that he thought DNA testing should be done when it could help shed light on guilt or innocence," said Cates.

Jones' lawyer wrote in his petition, "Governor Bush has recently stated that he supports the use of DNA testing to 'erase any doubts' in death penalty cases."

Jones' son Duane Jones, who only got to know his father during his time on death row, said in a statement, "My father never claimed to be a saint, but he always maintained that he didn't commit this murder."

I hope these results will serve as a wakeup call to everyone that serious problems exist in the criminal justice system that must be fixed if our society is to continue using the death penalty," said Duane Jones. "We must be careful that all aspects of our law enforcement and court systems are always driven by justice, truth and logic -- not vengeance, emotion or politics."

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