Friday Roundup: DNA Evidence and Prosecutorial Misconduct


A Louisville man who spent nearly a decade behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder

sued the city and several police officers this week

, claiming that evidence of his innocence was continuously ignored in a serious case of police misconduct.

Prosecutors in Travis County, Texas, have started a long process of notifying hundreds of defense attorneys that a former analyst at the Austin Police Department’s DNA lab has made allegations about lack of training and oversight in the lab. The complaint has sparked an independent audit of the lab, which will likely begin soon.

New DNA evidence could clear an Illinois man convicted of

killing his daughter and another girl in 2005

. A hearing is set for July 21 to discuss the future of the case.

Innocence Project client Barry Gibbs, who served 19 years in New York prisons for a crime he did not commit, appeared on

this week’s podcast

of the storytelling series The Moth. He discussed the fight to prove his innocence and his release from prison in 2005. 

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