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Dna Evidence

Brian Dugan Pleads Guilty To 1983 Rape And Murder Of Jeanine Nicarico

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WHEATON, Ill. — A convicted murderer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1983 slaying of a 10-year-old girl in a case that helped lead to landmark ref...

Senate Rejects Taking Mandatory Felon DNA Samples

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The state Senate has rejected a plan to start taking DNA samples from everyone arrested on felony charges in Illinois. The ...

How The Illinois Crime Lab And Blagojevich Got The State's Massive DNA Backlog Wrong

ProPublica | Ben Protess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When the U.S. government hired Michael Sheppo to help eliminate a crushing backlog in untested DNA evidence, he had all the right credentials. As one...

DNA Evidence Frees Black Man Convicted Of Bear Attack (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The Onion is amazing. After 20 years, 9 books, 2 Websites, and dozens of videos, it hasn't gone the least bit stale, and may even have gotten funnier....

Death Penalty Repeal in the Land of Enchantment

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

New Mexico's lawmakers concluded that they'd had enough of a system that does not deter murders, is unfairly and unequally applied, risks wrongful convictions, and diverts resources.

Screw CSI: The Chandra Levy Case Reveals, Once Again, Police Can't Find Their Asses with Both Hands

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stanton Peele

What depresses me about Law & Order is not that they expeditiously solve crimes every week through meticulous sleuthing. It's that real law enforcement, crime labs, and investigatory agencies virtually never get things right.

The Case for Evidence Preservation

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Post-conviction DNA testing has lead to the exoneration of more than 200 wrongfully convicted individuals in the United States. But testing cannot take place unless the evidence is preserved.