This week in innocence: Meet America’s 325th DNA exoneration

by jeeg 24. December 2014 01:53
  Via the Innocence Project: On the request of the District Attorney’s Office, a Dallas County judge today entered a court order finding Rickey Dale Wyatt innocent of a rape for which he served nearly 31 years. Working closely with the Dallas District Attorney’s Conviction Int... [More]

Nebraska high court denies man's DNA test request

by jeeg 23. March 2014 19:39
 The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday nixed a request for DNA testing of evidence gathered in the case of a man serving life in prison for shooting another man to death at an Omaha restaurant drive-thru. Antoine Young, 40, was convicted in 2008 of first-degree murder and a weapons count for ... [More]

Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

by jeeg 4. February 2014 22:18
2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations. At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 ye... [More]

DNA: The missing justice link

by jeeg 11. October 2013 18:42
When Oscar Thwala was sentenced to life imprisonment 10 years ago on three counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, and illegal possession of ammunition and firearms, he’d never heard of DNA or of its use as a forensic tool in criminal investigations.   So, when his lawyer told t... [More]

Some Worry Over a Law to Increase DNA Testing

by jeeg 19. August 2013 22:05
In some Texas counties, it takes six months or longer to get DNA test results from the Department of Public Safety, says William Lee Hon, the Polk County criminal district attorney. Now, Mr. Hon and other prosecutors fear that come Sept. 1, when a new law takes effect requiring DNA analysis ... [More]

DNA testing frees man who lived on death row for 15 years

by jeeg 7. December 2012 23:55
Every morning Damon Thibodeaux wakes up in his temporary digs in Minneapolis and wonders when his newfound freedom is going to come crashing down. "You think you're going to wake up and find it was just a dream," he says. When he stepped out of Angola jail in Louisiana several guards were at the ga... [More]

CRG Applauds MA for Passing Post-Conviction DNA Access Law

by jeeg 21. February 2012 00:36
The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG) applauds Governor Patrick for signing and Representative John Fernandes and Senator Cynthia Creem for championing S.1987, an Act providing access to forensic and scientific analysis. This vital legislation allows Massachusetts to join the 48 other sta... [More]
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