News 02.04.11

Friday Roundup: Preventing Wrongful Convictions

A Texas man who was acquitted of rape and robbery in juvenile court but was later found guilty when he was tried as an adult for the same crime is

free for the first time in 38 years

.

Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis proposed an

Innocence Protection Package

aimed at reducing wrongful convictions throughout the state.

Law enforcement in Palm Beach County, Florida

is developing standards for eyewitness identification

in order to prevent false convictions. Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania,

urged a court to reconsider its decision

to grant post-conviction DNA testing that could prove a convicted man’s innocence.


This week’s episode of NBC’s “Harry’s Law”

featured a wrongful murder conviction based on a false confession.

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