Cornelius Dupree, in jail for 30 years for a crime he did not commit, was exonerated in a Dallas, TX courtroom on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Mr. Dupree was convicted in 1980 for the 1979 rape and robbery of a Dallas woman and was sentenced to up to 75 years in prison. Mr. Dupree had wrongfully been picked out of a police lineup by that same woman, which ultimately led to his conviction. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Dupree had at least two opportunities to be released from jail if only he would admit to being a sex offender. Mr. Dupree maintained his innocence which unfortunately kept him in jail. Fortunately for Mr. Dupree, the Dallas County Crime Lab had the foresight to store DNA evidence years before DNA identification technology would advance enough that the evidence collected would be able to be tested and used in court proceedings. It took years of battling between the Dallas County court system and the Innocence Project, to get access to the samples for testing. Once the testing was run, Mr. Dupree became the 21st Dallas County man to be exonerated using DNA evidence. Forensic DNA testing technology has come a long way over the last few years and as a result in these advances in technolgy, the cost for testing in not very expensive when you weigh it against the freedom of a human life. Now Mr. Dupree has his freedom. May God bless him and his family.