News 07.29.11

Friday Roundup: Forensic Science and Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted

A Yale professor called on Connecticut to compensate a man who spent 20 years in prison

for a crime he didn’t commit

.

A Washington man convicted of murder is hopeful

that new DNA evidence will lead to his release from prison

.

A Minnesota man

was granted a new trial

based on medical evidence obtained by attorneys at the Innocence Project of Minnesota. Michael Hansen has served six years in prison for the alleged murder of his daughter, but new evidence suggests the cause of death was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. He is being held on $250,000 bail while a new trial is pending. Attorneys for a Georgia death row inmate

requested DNA testing on a victim’s clothing

.

Innocence Project Forensic Policy Advocate Sarah Chu joined other experts

at a July conference

hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Capital Times profiled Wisconsin Innocence Project Director and Innocence Network President

Keith Findley

.

John Grisham’s “The Confession,” was named this week

as the inaugural winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

.

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