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Post Conviction Dna Testing

Misdemeanors To Require DNA Swabs?

Posted 04.11.2013 | Denver

Coloradans convicted of a misdemeanor offense may have to submit to mandatory DNA swabs if the bill, being heard Thursday in a House committee, passes...

Open Up DNA Databases to All

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.04.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Over the last decade there have been dozens of reported cases where an attorney has dug deep into the case file and found untested DNA that could exonerate their client. But often when they return to court to ask for the right to test the new evidence they are told judges don't have the power to force prosecutors to re-test.

Forensics on the Hill: Part I

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

Why didn't anyone tell Gates over a decade before that the hair analysis in his case was all wrong? In fact, the hair testimony was scientifically unsound. There is no research on how common microscopic hair characteristics are. Hair is not like DNA or even a fingerprint.

Stop and Frisk -- and DNA Test?

Jason Silverstein | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Taking DNA samples from people arrested, but not convicted of a crime, has the potential to make our already unfair justice system even less fair. Before we expand the preconviction DNA dragnet, we should think hard about what that means in a racially biased system.

Time Is Not on Texas Condemned Man's Side

David Protess | Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Governor Perry seems to have his own problems lately. Why add the execution of Hank Skinner, a possibly innocent man, to the list?

Texas Must Test DNA Before Carrying Out Skinner Execution

Kirk Bloodsworth | Posted 12.28.2011 | Crime
Kirk Bloodsworth

I do not know if Mr. Skinner is innocent or guilty -- but I do know firsthand the critical importance of DNA testing. Nearly twenty years ago, I became the first person in the U.S. exonerated from death row when post-conviction DNA testing proved my innocence.

Texas to Condemned Man: Execution First, DNA Later

David Protess | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is scheduled to die in a month -- while two judges continue to contemplate whether he can test the evidence that might clear him.

Fearing Truth: Why Do Prosecutors Fight Against Post-Conviction DNA Tests?

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

One of the hardest things in the world is to admit a mistake -- and that old saying applies with particular force to mistakes made in this country's criminal justice system.