This Week in Innocence News – March 31, 2017

03.31.17 By Innocence Staff

This Week in Innocence News – March 31, 2017

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Eyewitness identification bill advances in Florida
On Monday the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously passed HB 643, which would require suspect lineups to be “double blind,” meaning that neither the administering officer nor the witness knows who the suspect is. WCTV

California man freed after 20 years in prison
Marco Contreras, a client of Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, was released after 20 years in prison on Tuesday after a judge tossed his attempted murder conviction. CBS/Associated Press

North Carolina lawyers must reveal innocence evidence
North Carolina is the first state in the nation to require not only prosecutors but also attorneys in private practice to reveal any evidence of innocence they become aware of after a conviction. Associated Press

Detroit Police Department vows to partner with Michigan Innocence Clinic
Detroit Police Chief James Craig pledged Thursday to work in cooperation with the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan to help investigate wrongful conviction cases involving Detroit residents. WJBK

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