News 02.03.17

This Week in Innocence News – February 3, 2017

By Innocence Staff

Here are some of this week’s news highlights:

Iowa to review convictions involving hair microscopy evidence
The Iowa state public defender’s office will review criminal convictions involving microscopic hair-comparison testing to determine whether Iowans were wrongfully convicted based on the evidence, which has been identified by the FBI as frequently erroneous. The Courier

Death row inmate appeals denial of DNA testing
Lawyers from the Ohio Innocence Project appealed the denial of DNA testing which could exonerate Tyrone Noling, who was sentenced to death for a 1990 double-murder. The Akron Beacon Journal

Researchers to conduct study on eyewitness identification
Researchers from the University of Virginia and the University of Utah are conducting a study on eyewitness misidentification that will aim to improve suspect identification procedures to better avoid wrongful convictions. CBS19

Exonerees give back to community with Brooklyn restaurant
Exonerees Derrick Hamilton and Shabaka Shakur, who each spent nearly 30 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, opened a restaurant together in December. They seek to give back to their Brooklyn community by hiring people with felony convictions. CBS News

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