News 02.22.08

Wyoming lawmakers approve DNA testing bill

Wyoming is one of the eight states without a law explicitly granting defendants access to post-conviction DNA testing when it could prove innocence or guilt, but some state lawmakers hope that this won’t be the case for long. The Wyoming Senate yesterday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would provide DNA testing access. The state’s current law only allows inmates to prove their innocence through the standard appeals process, which normally expires two years after conviction. This means inmates convicted before DNA tests were first used in courtrooms in 1989 wouldn’t be able to apply for testing.

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Wyoming Tribune-Eagle:

Senate Oks post-conviction DNA tests

Caspar Star-Tribune:

Panel approves DNA bill

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