News 01.15.10

Friday Roundup: Ringing the Liberty Bell

Here are some of the stories we didn’t get to on the Innocence Blog this week. For breaking news, follow us on Twitter

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James Bain served 35 years in Florida prisons for a rape he didn’t commit before DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project of Florida led to his exoneration in December. On Monday,

he will ring the Liberty Bell

in Philadelphia in a celebration of one of his heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson filed a bill yesterday that would

create a commission

to study the causes of wrongful convictions and recommend reforms to address them.

A wave of drug-related crime has led to a spike in demand for forensic tests in Mexico.

Educational opportunities for aspiring forensic analysts are expanding as well

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British exoneree Sean Hodgson

could receive several million Pounds in compensation

after serving 27 years in U.K. prisons for a crime he didn’t commit. He spoke with the BBC this week about

the challenges of life after exoneration

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A new paper from University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson explores how

state courts across the U.S. have handled evidence of eyewitness misidentifications

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