News 09.23.11

Friday Roundup: NC Exoneration, DNA testing and False Confessions

The tragic execution of Troy Davis made international news this week and attracted the attention of millions around the world to the problems with the American criminal justice system. Meanwhile, countless other prisoners continued to fight their wrongful convictions across the country. A roundup of other news this week:

Two North Carolina men who spent a decade behind bars on murder charges

were found not guilty and freed from prison

after new evidence — including the confession of another man and DNA testing pointing to other suspects — proved their innocence.

A Pennsylvania man convicted of murder

won a court battle

to have DNA tests conducted on evidence recovered from a 1986 crime scene — tests the man claims could prove his innocence.

A recently released Canadian report,

“The Path to Justice: Preventing Wrongful Convictions,”

reveals that Canadian law officials have an increased awareness of wrongful convictions and how to prevent them.

The Florida Innocence Commission wants to prevent coerced confessions by i

mplementing a statewide approach

to police interrogations.

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