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“Don’t know much biology…”

Today’s Supreme Court cases brought two songs to mind, one apparently intentionally and the other less so.  The later was from Justice Scalia’s concurrence in the DNA/patent case (which I was glad to see turn out 9-0 that you can’t patent genes found in nature.  Justice Scalia concurred to explain that he was not […]

“The Prosecution’s Case Against DNA”

The New York Times Magazine has an interesting article about a prosecutor near Chicago and a murder case in which he’s obtained three convictions.  In the third trial, there was proof there was no DNA match for semen found in the eleven year old girl who was the victim.  This is part of a […]

Story on prosecutorial resistance to DNA testing

The New York Times has a story about prosecutorial resistance to post-conviction DNA testing.  The cases from Mississippi involving District Attorney Forrest Allgood are not mentioned.

A Factually Baroque DNA testing case before the Fifth Circuit

An ex-cop in Morton, convicted of bank robbery, is asking the Fifth Circuit to overturn Judge Barbour’s decision to refuse to allow DNA tests on the bank robber’s clothes.  According to today’s Clarion Ledger article, in spite of the fact that the defendant passed a polygraph, Judge Barbour ruled that he was ineligible for […]

Mississippi passes into law compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment

The Missisisppi Legislature has passed, and today the governor has signed, this bill:

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR CLAIMS FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT; TO EXPRESS LEGISLATIVE INTENT; TO REQUIRE CLAIMANTS TO PRESENT STATEMENT OF CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION; TO ENACT STANDARDS; TO PROVIDE FOR PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS; TO ENACT STANDARDS FOR JUDGMENT AND AWARD; TO […]

Law enforcement reaction to the DNA evidence preservation bill.

Essentially, it’s “Where are we going to put this stuff.”

For a Mississippi law enforcement reaction to something that protects the rights of the accused, that’s pretty benign.

Update: Be sure to check out the comment by Innocence Project Director Tucker Carrington, explaining the legislation and the storage provisions.  This was also discussed […]

DNA preservation and testing bill signed into law

Hayley Barbour has signed into law a statute that requires the preservation of biological or DNA evidence in all felony investigations and sets up a protocol for preservation of that evidence and a right to access for testing.

These measure represent an enormous achievement by the Mississippi Innocence Project‘s director, Tucker Carrington.  I’m on […]