230) States are free to preempt the invocation of the federal right by granting DNA evidence
requests for death row inmates under state post-conviction statutes.
The DNA evidence
at the time was not yet available, but for the preliminary inquiry, I believe they will have a complete file.
The case of an arsonist trapped by DNA evidence
has highlighted how useful scientific evidence has become for police in securing convictions
At any rate, the bill would not make convictions automatic, even with solid DNA evidence
Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester district attorney's office, said even though the DNA evidence
did not match Mr.
There was no DNA evidence
in that incident, officials said.
His defence was expected to explain the DNA evidence
by saying he was a drug dealer whose customers were mainly prostitutes who often paid in trade.
Specifically, the law requires the courts to inquire into the existence of such DNA evidence
prior to accepting the plea.
Nationally, seven inmates who entered into plea agreements have later been cleared by DNA evidence
Anyone having cases similar to the described modus operandi with the suspect's DNA evidence
should contact Crime Analyst Vicki McRoberts, Corvallis, Oregon, Police Department at 541-766-6989 or Crime Analyst Ken Whitla of the ViCAP Unit at 703-632-4254.
Though proponents of the death penalty claim that the threat of harsh punishment is responsible for the decline, many experts feel that juries are less inclined to recommend death, particularly with the availability of life-without-parole sentences and the number of death-row inmates who have been exonerated by DNA evidence
This book offers a comprehensive review of the steps and processes that surround DNA evidence
making its way into court.