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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

DNA Testing An Election Issue in Poland

The Country Liberal Party (CLP) in Poland is running its election campaign on a promise to ensure DNA testing at every crime scene.  The party also says it will create a DNA database of every person arrested, regardless of the crime.  As a director of an Innocence Project, I frequently hear the comment, "We probably won't need Innocence Projects in a few years, because we now do DNA testing routinely, don't we?"  If only that were true.  I have several cases, including murders and rapes, that were committed in the last few years where neither side bothered to perform DNA tests prior to trial.  In one of them, a murder case, recent DNA testing has demonstrated the inmate's innocence.  If only we could follow the CLP's lead in this country.  [Mark Godsey]

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