Friday Roundup: Overturned Convictions and Troubled Crime Labs


An Ohio man who was convicted of murder based primarily on snitch testimony

had his conviction overturned

this week when a judge ordered a new trial.

An Arizona man convicted in a shaken baby case

will receive a new trial

in light of evidence pointing toward innocence.

A North Carolina judge ruled the

Racial Justice Act

— a law that gives death-row inmates the ability to commute their sentences to life by presenting evidence of racial bias — constitutional. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has teamed with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to author legislation requiring state and local governments who receive federal grant money

to test backlogged DNA evidence in sexual assault cases


A New York crime lab that was put on probation in December for misconduct

produced flawed test results


An Ohio court ruled that

an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of rape

cannot sue law enforcement for prosecutorial misconduct.

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