News 09.09.11

Friday Roundup: A Pending Execution and a Fight for a Hearing

Troy Davis, who has served two decades on Georgia’s death row for a murder he says he didn’t commit, is

scheduled to be executed on September 21

. The Innocence Project and Innocence Network have weighed in on the questionable eyewitness evidence used to convict Davis, and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider Davis’ bid for clemency on September 19.

Attorneys for Gary Bennett, who has spent 27 years in Florida prisons for a murder he insists he didn’t commit,

say significant evidence in the case was ignored

.

A three-part series in the News & Observer

uncovers a trail of questionable forensics and identification procedures

in a Durham, N.C., case.

Increased use of DNA tests by South Carolina law enforcement has contributed to the State Law Enforcement Division’s

backlog of 4,600 crime lab requests

.

California Gov. Jerry Brown

signed a bill

aimed at speeding forensic tests at the county level.

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