|March 17: Judge Chapman begins his hearings in Swisher County. They are quickly stopped after prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that Coleman is "a racist, a liar and a thief."
April 1: Judge Chapman issues findings that all 38 convictions should be thrown out. His recommendation goes to the Court of Criminal Appeals, which has final jurisdiction on the cases. Prosecutors say that they will not retry the cases should charges be dismissed.
April 24: Coleman is indicted by a Swisher County grand jury on three felony perjury charges of lying about his past during Chapman's hearings.
June 2: Texas Governor Rick Perry signs a bill passed unanimously by the Texas State Legislature which creates a legal mechanism to free most of the remaining defendants on bond while the Court of Criminal Appeals considers dismissing the convictions.
Judge Ron Chapman grants bail and releases 13 Tulia defendants from prison.
July 30: The 18-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles votes to grant pardons to 35 of the 38 defendants in the 1999 Tulia drug sting case.
The House Judiciary Committee calls for an "oversight" review of the
Tulia scandal that may lead to hearings in the fall of 2003. The review was requested by
Reps. John Conyers, D-MI.; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX; and Charles Rangel,
August 1: Swisher County officials turn down DA Terry McEachern's request for funds to fight the grievance filed against him for his part in the Tulia case by the Texas State Bar Association.