Category Archives: Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania Crime Lab Bill Moves Forward

Legislation that would enable crime labs run by counties in Pennsylvania to receive a share of the costs incurred from people convicted of crimes moves forward in becoming a law. House Bill 1769 is sponsored by Representative Frank Farry and … Continue reading

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PA Senate Votes to Expand DNA Testing in Crimes

Currently in the state of Pennsylvania, you must submit a DNA sample taken from the inside of your cheek after being convicted of a serious felony. However, legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi will soon change this, allowing … Continue reading

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State Senator Planning Legislation to Extend Time Limits on Post-Conviction Appeals

Currently, Pennsylvania has one of the toughest policies dictating when defendants can file post-conviction appeals – those based on non-DNA evidence must be filed within 60 days of the evidence’s discovery. Now, though, there’s hope that this deadline will be … Continue reading

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Declared “Actually Innocent” But Still in Prison

In May 1999, Philadelphian Terrance Lewis was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the August 6, 1996, second-degree murder of Bernard Howard. Mr. Howard was killed after 3 men broke into his home and shot him in the … Continue reading

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Why Not Just Test the DNA?

On March 7, the Supreme Court decided Skinner v. Switzer and held that death-row inmate Henry Skinner may bring a claim in federal court under civil rights law 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Skinner is attempting to challenge a Texas law … Continue reading

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Pa. Superior Court Approves DNA Testing for Robert Conway

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, those convicted of crimes can have DNA evidence tested post-conviction if the perpetrator’s identity was at issue during the trial and DNA testing would establish prove the defendant is “actually innocent.”  Norristown man Robert Conway, convicted … Continue reading

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