Thursday, June 18, 2009

SCOTUS finds convicts have no right to test DNA

Court finds convicts have no right to test DNA

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The Associated Press
Thursday, June 18, 2009; 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court says convicts have no constitutional right to test DNA evidence in hopes of proving their innocence long after they were found guilty of a crime.

The decision may have limited impact because the federal government and 47 states already have laws that allow convicts some access to genetic evidence. Testing has led to the exoneration of at least 232 people who had been found guilty of murder, rape and other violent crimes.

The court ruled 5-4 Thursday against an Alaska man who was convicted in a brutal attack on a prostitute 16 years ago.

Court finds convicts have no right to test DNA


What are the right wingers on the Supreme Court afraid of the fact that an innocent man might be bale to prove by DNA evidence that is wasn't him, and the Governors that still execute might not be able to put to death an innocent man, once the man is dead it is impossible to say oops we made a mistake sorry about that, the fact that 232 death row inmates have had their convictions over turned should make all Judges question DNA evidence before signing that death warrant.....I hope President Obama gets to replace about 2-3 of those RW Judges before 2016

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