Failing the DNA test

by jeeg 23. November 2011 21:09
Massachusetts is one of only two states in the country without a law granting prison inmates the right to test DNA evidence that might prove their innocence. A lingering, long-contested bill may finally change that. “Dennis, put on Channel 4. Put on Channel 4!” The year was 1993... [More]

When DNA Evidence Suggests ‘Innocent,’ Some Prosecutors Cling to ‘Maybe’

by jeeg 18. November 2011 00:14
For 17 years, Terrill Swift and three other men convicted in the 1994 rape and strangulation of a prostitute here have insisted on their innocence. And last May, a powerful new piece of evidence emerged that appeared to back their claim: a DNA profile, constructed from semen found in the victi... [More]

On DNA rules for convicts, Massachusetts lags behind

by jeeg 30. March 2011 23:42
Massachusetts has seen its share of wrongful convictions. But when it comes to keeping the innocent out of jail, advocates say, the Commonwealth lags far behind.   In response to hundreds of cases nationwide of prisoners winning exoneration after spending years in prison, virtually ever... [More]

Supreme Court Clears Hurdle to DNA Test for Condemned Inmate

by jeeg 9. March 2011 07:11
Yesterday, the Supreme Court found that Texas death row inmate Hank Skinner has the right to pursue testing of DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Among the outstanding items that still have not been DNA tested: at least three possible murder weapons and a rape kit. SCOTUSblo... [More]
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