News 06.17.11

Friday Roundup: The Quest for a DNA Test

The Kentucky Supreme Court

granted a hearing

to a death row inmate that will determine whether he should get additional DNA testing on evidence from the 1979 murder he is convicted of.

An Ohio judge

could grant a new trial

to a death row inmate after reviewing a police report that focuses on an alternate suspect in a 1997 murder.

A rally in New York

called for the creation

of a statewide Innocence Commission to evaluate cases of possible wrongful conviction and consider reforms to prevent future injustice.

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida

will reevaluate a policy

on exchanging information for reduced sentenced for confidential informants. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that

police must take steps

to ensure that children are aware of their rights during an interrogation.

Massachusetts’ Attorney General wrote

a letter to the Boston Herald editor

in response to criticism about Dennis Maher’ exoneration.

Blood tests in a Michigan drunk driving case

were ruled inadmissible

because the margin of error was not disclosed by the crime lab’s chief toxicologist.

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