Cory Session is the policy director of the Innocence Project of Texas and works on public policy initiatives and community outreach for the organization. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and worked as a legislative aid for Representative Garfield Thompson from 1991 to 1994.
Session is the brother of Timothy Cole, the first wrongfully imprisoned person in the state of Texas to receive a posthumous pardon. The details of the case are now well-known as books and articles from across the globe have detailed the problems with the investigation, the misidentification, Cole’s insistence on his innocence and the long road to exoneration and ultimately a posthumous pardon by Governor of the State of Texas, Rick Perry.
After spending 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and to which he would not admit despite the possibility of parole because his honor was at stake, Tim Cole died in prison of complications with asthma in 1999.
Session testified about his family's experience with wrongful convictions during the 81st Texas Legislature, and he has made numerous public appearances in order to educate the public about the causes of wrongful convictions and how they can be prevented.