November 4, 2004
Washington DNA Law Set to Expire
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that a Washington law requiring preservation of DNA evidence for testing expires on December 31. The paper reports that University of Washington Law Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie hopes the law will be extended. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002080326_dna03m.html
In other innocence news, in Canada, a person convicted of a 1959 rape-murder at age 14 and sentenced to hang, but later paroled was found to be "likely innocent" by the Justice Minister and the case referred to an appeals court.
Another wrongfully convicted Canadian, exonerated by DNA evidence, testified at an inquiry into the causes of the conviction.