News 03.12.10

Friday Roundup: Opposition in Mississippi and Updates on Exonerees

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood

opposes a House bill that would require people performing autopsies in the state to be nationally board certified

.  Tucker Carrington, director of the Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law, said: “If I mess up some guy’s case, there has to be some organization that can take my license.  How can a bill be any less controversial? It is just asking that people be licensed.”


Two former Duke lacrosse players who were cleared of sexual assault accusations almost three years ago have moved on with their lives

. Collin Finnerty resumed college at Loyola in the fall of 2008 and played lacrosse for the past two seasons.  He is being considered for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top lacrosse player each year.  Reade Seligmann also resumed college in the fall 2008, enrolling at Brown and continuing to play lacrosse.  He also became involved in the Innocence Project, most recently working to organize a symposium of experts on eyewitness identification. 

Joshua Kezer, who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit before being exonerated in 2009,

will be featured on CBS’s “48 Hours Mystery” this Saturday

, March 13, at 9 p.m.  Kezer was accused of murdering a 19-year-old woman he had never met in 1994.

On Thursday,

Innocence Project client Jeffrey Deskovic testified at a Connecticut Judiciary Committee hearing

against a bill that would limit appeals for people sentenced to death.  Since his exoneration in 2006, Deskovic has advocated against the death penalty, noting that if he hadn’t been a minor when he was wrongfully convicted he might have been sentenced to death.

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