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Senate Bill 980 to Improve Access to DNA Testing in California

Wrongfully convicted prisoners seeking exoneration could be given improved access to DNA testing through the passage of Senate Bill 980. Introduced by California State Senator Ted Lieu, the bill would provide greater access to available evidence for people requesting DNA

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Advance Forensic Science Reform

On February 12, 2014, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller introduced The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014 to improve forensic science reform efforts by prioritizing scientific research and supporting long-term cooperation between scientists and various members of the criminal

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Two Brooklyn Men Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson of Brooklyn, New York, were exonerated Thursday after spending more than 21 years behind bars for three murders they did not commit. In 1992, Yarbough’s mother, sister, and another girl were stabbed and strangled to

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Bite Mark Evidence Questioned After Convictions Overturned

Bite mark evidence is the latest forensic science technique coming under fire, after a New Jersey man’s murder conviction was overturned based on DNA evidence. Gerald Richardson was convicted of a brutal murder in 1995 after a forensic dentist testified

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City in Texas Establishes Monument Honoring Exoneree

30 years after wrongfully convicting Timothy Cole or rape, the city of Lubbock, Texas has installed a statue of Cole in an effort to honor Cole and recognize and remember the miscarriage of justice that sent him to prison. Cole

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DNA Evidence Discredits Murder Conviction of Washington D.C. Man

Prosecutors have agreed that the murder conviction of Cleveland Wright, 55, should be dismissed due to DNA testing that exonerated his co-defendant in 2012. In 1978, Wright and his childhood friend Santae Tribble were accused and charged for murdering two

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Washington State Legislatures Consider DNA Preservation Bills

Washington state legislatures will consider two measures designed to preserve DNA evidence in felony cases. Senate Bill 6310 and House Bill 2468 sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille and Rep. Tina Orwall, would establish an 18 month moratorium on destroying DNA

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Judge Fires Court Clerk for Helping Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Man

A 34-year court employee in Kansas City was recently fired for giving a public document to a prison inmate that showed him how to properly seek DNA tests. The man, who then filed a motion seeking DNA testing which subsequently

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Wisconsin Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Joseph Frey was exonerated with the help of attorneys at the Wisconsin Innocence Project after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. In 1994, Frey was convicted of sexually assaulting a female college student at knifepoint and

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Wyoming Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Andrew Johnson, client of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), was officially exonerated last Friday when a Wyoming judge dismissed him of all charges due to newly discovered DNA evidence. In 1989, Johnson was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and

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