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Editor: Colin Miller
Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Project DNA: Mississippi


The pertinent portion of Mississippi's postconviction DNA testing statute, Miss. Code Ann. § 99-39-5(2)(ii), allows for postconviction DNA testing

even if the petitioner pled guilty or nolo contendere, or confessed or admitted to a crime.

So, where does that leave pleading defendants? 

As the language of the statute makes clear, any type confession/admission/plea does not preclude a defendant from seeking postconviction DNA testing. Instead, pleading defendants can seek such testing.



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