Innocence Project client William Osborne was convicted in Alaska in 1993 for a crime that DNA testing could prove he didn't commit. Alaska has arbitrarily refused Osborne’s requests for DNA testing for years – even though the testing would be performed at no cost to the state, and the state now concedes that DNA testing could prove his innocence.
Osborne’s federal petition for DNA testing was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. On June 18, the court ruled 5-4 that his constitutional rights were not violated by the state’s denial of testing. The Innocence Project believes that while this decision is disappointing and flawed, it will have a limited impact.
Below is the
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Legal Documents, District Attorney's Office of the Third Judicial District v. William G. Osborne
Supreme Court opinion
– 6/18/09 (PDF)
Supreme Court oral argument transcript
– 3/2/09 (PDF)
Innocence Project Brief And Friend-of-the-Court Briefs on Behalf of Osborne
State of Alaska Brief and Friend-of-the-Court Briefs on Behalf of Alaska
Opinion from U.S. Circuit Courtof Appeals for the 9th Circuit
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