News 08.05.11

Friday Roundup: DNA Access and Police Misconduct

We reported Monday on the case of Alvin Jardine III, who was cleared in Hawaii after two decades in prison, and

the Maui News ran an in-depth story on the case yesterday

.

A Massachusetts Senator applauded legislation

that will allow access to post-conviction DNA testing

.

A Montana judge

heard new evidence this week

in the case of Barry Beach, who has spent 27 years in prison for a crime he has always said he didn’t commit. The Houston Police Department is in a dispute with City Hall

over how to spend federal grant money

awarded to address a backlog of untested rape kits.

Nearly two decades after two New York City police officers raided a family’s apartment based solely on the word of an informant who faced drug charges,

a lawsuit against the city and policemen may go to trial

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