Tag Archives: DNA

Texas Exoneration Evokes Inquiry

Michael Morton, who served nearly 25 years in prison after being convicted for the 1986 murder of his wife, was officially exonerated on December 26, 2011. Morton had been sentenced to serve life in prison. At the time that he … Continue reading

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Supreme Court gives with one hand and denies with the other.

This past week saw two nearly diametrically opposed decisions eminate fom the United States Supreme Court: District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. The two cases provide a fascinating look into the thinking of the High Court. One … Continue reading

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Oprah highlights false confessions

In a show dedicated to false confessions, Oprah Winfrey asks the question what makes someone confess to a crime he did not do? By following the case of one man, Marty Tankleff, who did just that–admitted to murdering his parents … Continue reading

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Former Dallas DA: I convicted an innocent man

Today, the Dallas Morning News ran an editorial by James A. Fry, a former Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Charles Chatman for aggravated rape.  Mr. Chatman was convicted but conclusively exonerated by DNA evidence 27 years later.  Mr. Fry, who … Continue reading

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The vital importance of preserving biological evidence

As an innocence project, we focus not only on reversing wrongful convictions, but also on preventing wrongful convictions in the first place.  One crucial part of such prevention is promoting methods and practices that will aid law enforcement officials in … Continue reading

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Case Update: Commonwealth v. Anthony Wright

This morning the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a very important question of Pennsylvania law relating to post-conviction DNA testing requests. Continue reading

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