A bill to allow some inmates to seek DNA testing to prove their innocence took another step toward approval this week in Wyoming, when the state’s House of Representatives granted preliminary approval. The Wyoming Senate passed a similar bill last month.
Wyoming is currently among eight states without a law explicitly granting defendants access to post-conviction DNA testing when it could prove innocence or guilt. Many of the 42 states however, grant broader access than the proposed Wyoming House bill, which would strictly limit the convictions that could be challenged.
The bill would need two more rounds of approval from the House, then Senate approval of amendments and the governor’s signature in order to become law.
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(Billings Gazette, 03/04/08)