News 10.16.09

Friday Roundup: Arson, Confessions and DNA Backlogs

We reported yesterday on new developments in the Cameron Todd Willingham case in Texas and

New Yorker reporter David Grann blogged on still further developments today

.

Ashlee Shelton and Kurt Rosenberg wrote that other questionable arson convictions around the country –

including one in Pennsylvania

– should also be scrutinized.

A Michigan murder trial is on hold while the defendant

challenges the judge's denial of testimony by a false confession expert

.

The New York Bar Association is

calling for recording of interrogations

to prevent false confessions in the state.

A New Brunswick man

will be compensated

after he served 10 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan

argued that the state's DNA backlog is compromising public safety

. A Herald-Tribune editorial

supported his position

.

The founders of the Wisconsin Innocence Project reflected on

the organization's tenth anniversary

.

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