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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Bush on wrongful convictions

In between talking about Social Security and the Iraq war, President Bush proposed spending more federal money to prevent wrongful convictions. His plan would spend $1 billion over five years on increased DNA testing. He also proposed spending $50 million over three years training attorneys to handle death row appeals.

Reaction ranged from pleasant surprise to outright skepticism. As The Nation's David Corn wrote, "Too bad he didn't do that when he was governor of Texas." The San Francisco Chronicle noted Bush presided over presided over 152 executions as Texas governor, the largest number of any governor in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.


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