News 01.20.12

Friday Roundup: Compensation, Real Perpetrators and the Death Penalty

A new bill in Washington would

establish new guidelines for wrongfully convicted prisoners to receive compensation

if they are declared actually innocent. 
A New York woman whose

murder conviction was overturned

after DNA evidence supported her claims of innocence awaits compensation from the state.  
A Texas man linked by DNA evidence to the 1986 murder of Christine Morton

will plead not guilty to the crime

. Michael Morton, the victim’s husband, was recently exonerated after 25 years of unjust imprisonment. 
An Ohio Supreme Court Justice

reconsiders the state’s death penalty law

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A recent review of the DNA analysts’ work suggests that analysts should not be informed about the facts of the case to

avoid cognitive bias

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