Here are some of the stories we were following this week, but just didn’t get around to blogging about.
The Innocence Project filed for DNA testing in the case of client
, who has served nearly two decades in Pennsylvania prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit.
New evidence surfaced
in Texas, suggesting that Lester Leroy Bower is on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, but he hasn’t been able to get DNA testing approved in the case. He is scheduled to be executed this summer, and the blog
Grits for Breakfast
asked how prosecutors “could even consider opposing DNA testing of old evidence before they put a defendant to death this summer who's claiming actual innocence.”
The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
issued a report
calling the state’s administration of the death penalty "dysfunctional" and "close to collapse."
Read media coverage here
and download the
full report here
Funding was approved for a
new state crime lab in Missouri
, an upstate New York county planned a
new $30 million crime lab
, and Massachusetts children got a hands-on experience with forensics when a state lab investigator
visited a local library