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Eric Clinton Bird



"Sexual Crime Online (e.g., enticing minor in chatroom for sex)"


27 months

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Judicially Exonerated

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"Eric Clinton Bird was wrongly convicted of three separate indictments of soliciting a minor online in Denton County, Texas. Eric Bird was sentenced to 9 months in custody for each indictment. He did not appeal his convictions. In 2013 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that § 33.021(b) unconstitutional in Ex parte Lo, 424 S.W.3d 10 (Tex. Crim. App. 2013). Bird filed a writ of habeas corpus that his convictions were no longer valid in light of Lo. On February 3, 2016 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Bird's writ of habeas corpus and ordered dismissal of his indictments."

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"On February 3, 2016 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Eric Clinton Bird's habeas corpus petition by a majority of 2 to 1, on the basis the statute he had been convicted of was unconstitutional. The Court ordered that Bird's conviction be set-aside and ordered dismissal of charges."

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"Ex Parte Eric Clinton Bird, No. WR-82,711-01, WR-82,711-02, WR-82,711-03 (Tex. Court of Criminal Appeals 2-3-2016)"

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