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Monday, December 27, 2004

Exoneration Roundup

A government review of British cases in which parents were convicted of killing their children revealed nearly 10%Cuffs_7 where further investigation was warranted on the ground of possible innocence; most of the cases involved dubious forensic testimony.  The Associated Press reports on Darryl Hunt's life after exoneration.  Massachusetts is close to passing legislation to compensate the wrongly convicted; the daytona Beach News edotorialized in favor of compensation for a Floridian wrongly convicted of rape. Arizona death row inmate Bobby Lee Tankersley, convicted in part on the testimony of a discredited forensic dentist, won a new sentencing hearing but not a new trial based on what the trial judge called inconclusive dna tests.  The Texas House Research Organization has released a report (pdf) on crime labs in that state and whether the state should do more to regulate them after a series of high-profile errors, including the forensic error in the Brandon Moon case.  A Michigan man who spent 99 days in jail accused of a fatal shooting spree before being cleared by DNA evidence has sued the city of Detroit claiming he was framed. [Jack Chin]

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