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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Dallas County DA Allows Innocence Project to Review Cases for DNA Testing

From In an unprecedented act for any jurisdiction in the nation, New Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins recently announced he would allow the Texas affiliate of the Innocence Project to review hundreds of Dallas County cases dating back to 1970 to decide whether DNA tests should be conducted to validate past convictions.

At 12 in the past five years, Dallas has more post-conviction DNA exonerations than any county in the nation and more than at least two states. A 13th exoneration, of a Dallas County man, is expected to be announced within days.

By his own estimate, Watkins should not be occupying what he calls a "ten-gallon-hat, cowboy-boot-wearing, dip-chewin', lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key" post in the ninth-largest city in the country. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Its a shame that cases that do not have evidence of DNA cannot be recognized. Child abuse cases are constructed on only the hearsay evidence that is disclosed by the child and these cases like so many others don't come to trail till years after the indictment. That is plenty time to rehearse the child's testimony. These cases are the only type that allow hearsay evidence. Children are easily brainwashed and believe their caretakers whether they be the parents, grandparents or whoever is taking care of the child. How can we prevent brainwashing children? Families lives are destroyed. Innocent people are imprisoned because of bitter divorce disputes and custody battles. How can this be addressed? I'm sure a large population in prison are these cases. Is there any recourse?
I've been to innocence conferences, met with many people but to no avail!! These are innocent people too!! Their lives are also important.

Posted by: Diane Jacoel | Apr 9, 2007 7:31:19 PM

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