News 11.12.10

Friday Roundup: Reexamining Old Cases, Untested Rape Kits and Eyewitness Identification

“Conviction,” starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, is showing in theaters nationwide. If you haven’t seen it yet,

find showtimes for this weekend

. Learn the story behind the movie

here

.

Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck was one of four independent experts

assigned this week to a panel

that will re-examine a high-profile Long Island, New York molestation case from the 1980s that resulted in father and son convictions for child sex abuse.

A Minnesota man

was cleared of assault charges

last week after his wrongful conviction sent him to prison for more than 17 months.

Human Rights Watch reported that as of last year, there were an estimated

400,000 untested rape kits

across the country. A police sergeant in Columbus, Ohio said new rules for “blind” eyewitness identification procedures, where the person administering a lineup doesn’t know the identity of the suspect,

are an insult to law enforcement

.

Police in Ontario, Canada found new DNA evidence that

could help solve a murder

that dates back more than 30 years.

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