Friday Roundup: Overturned Convictions and Troubled Crime Labs
An Ohio man who was convicted of murder based primarily on snitch testimony
had his conviction overturned
this week when a judge ordered a new trial.
An Arizona man convicted in a shaken baby case
will receive a new trial
in light of evidence pointing toward innocence.
A North Carolina judge ruled the
Racial Justice Act
— a law that gives death-row inmates the ability to commute their sentences to life by presenting evidence of racial bias — constitutional. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has teamed with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to author legislation requiring state and local governments who receive federal grant money
to test backlogged DNA evidence in sexual assault cases
A New York crime lab that was put on probation in December for misconduct
produced flawed test results
An Ohio court ruled that
an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of rape
cannot sue law enforcement for prosecutorial misconduct.
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