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2009-06-18 14:47:01

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that convicted criminals do not have a constitutional right to obtain access to a state's biological evidence to conduct DNA testing when pursuing claims of innocence, Reuters reported. The nation's highest court ruled in a 5-4 vote on Thursday to refuse the creation of a new legal right for post-conviction DNA testing, which has exonerated at least 232 people nationwide years after they had been convicted of crimes. The decision maintains that forty-six states...

2009-03-02 16:15:00

- Investigation Discovery Given Exclusive Access to CIU as It Opens Cold Cases and Exonerates Innocent Men, Sometimes After Decades Behind Bars - SILVER SPRING, Md., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today the United States Supreme Court evaluates the constitutional right prisoners have to post-conviction DNA testing in the case of Osborne v. District Attorney's Office for Third Judicial District. In many cases, this forensic testing method is a compelling tool for exonerating those...

2006-05-16 18:43:13

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Tennessee's governor gave a 15-day reprieve on Tuesday to a convicted murderer just hours before his scheduled execution for killing a female U.S. Marine, giving his lawyers time to seek DNA testing they say could exonerate him. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen said he believed Sedley Alley was guilty of the 1985 rape and murder of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins, but followed the recommendation of the state's parole board to temporarily stay...

2006-02-25 07:40:34

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - It is a damning indictment of the death penalty, and for Sunny Jacobs it is very personal. Not only did she spend 17 years on death row in a U.S. jail for a murder she did not commit, but her innocent partner Jesse Tafero was put to death in an execution that lasted 13 minutes and set his head on fire when the electric chair malfunctioned. Their story is one of six equally harrowing tales of wrongful death sentences and eventual release told in the...

2006-01-12 16:00:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new DNA test confirmed the guilt of a Virginia man who proclaimed his innocence up until his 1992 execution for rape and murder, the Virginia governor's office said on Thursday. "We have sought the truth using DNA technology not available at the time the (Virginia) Commonwealth carried out the ultimate criminal sanction" against Roger Keith Coleman, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner said in a statement. "The confirmation that Roger Coleman's DNA was present...

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2006-01-06 00:30:00

By JoAnne Allen WASHINGTON -- Virginia Governor Mark Warner said on Thursday he had ordered new DNA testing in the case of a man who was executed 12 years ago. Roger Keith Coleman was executed in May 1992 for the 1981 rape and murder of his 19-year-old sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. He proclaimed his innocence right up to his execution. Warner said in a statement that retesting of the genetic evidence in the case with the latest DNA technology could prove Coleman's guilt or innocence. New...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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