News 02.24.09

Osborne and the Blogosphere

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Innocence Project client William Osborne, who is seeking DNA testing that could prove his innocence of a 1993 Alaska rape. And on Thursday, Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., will host an unprecedented gathering of people directly affected by the injustice of wrongful convictions. Joining several exonerees at Thursday’s discussion will be Michele Mallin, a rape victim who recently joined with the family of Timothy Cole to clear his name years after he died in prison.


Learn more about the case and Thursday’s event

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Discussion of the Osborne case is hearing up this week on the blogosphere. Yesterday at Mother Jones,

Kevin Drum wrote

that he is not persuaded by arguments that allowing DNA testing when it can prove innocence opens floodgates to frivolous requests. Today, at the Atlantic,

Megan McArdle responds to Drum

, writing that DNA testing is an extremely affordable way to determine the truth and should be a right. Lively discussions are going on at both sites.

The Innocence Project has a guest blog post about the case today at

Justice Watch

, and Erica Goldberg wrote an extensive preview of the case last week on the

SCOTUSblog

.

We’ll be posting more about the case throughout the week.

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