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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wisconsin lawmakers support wrongfully convicted

Wisconsin lawmakers are proposed legislation Tuesday to help prevent wrongful convictions, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. Assembly Bill 3942, dubbed the Avery Bill, will encourage the recording of interrogations, new techniques for eyewitness identifications and post-conviction DNA testing.
Steven Avery was imprisoned for 18 years on a rape and assault charge. Avery was exonerated in 2003 when DNA proved that he was not the person who committed the crime.
The Wisconsin Innocence Project was able to point out flaws in the woman's identification of Avery. There were also 16 alibi witnesses that corroberated Avery's whereabouts at the time of the crime.