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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Supreme Court faced with DNA Evidence for 1st time

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments tommorrow in the case of convicted Tennessee killer, Paul House, who claims to have exonerating DNA evidence. It will be the first time any death row inmate has brought DNA evidence before the high court, reports the Washington Post.
The outcome could determine whether prisoners have a constitutional right to use DNA to seek new trials.
Since 1989, DNA has been used to exonerate 172 convicted felons in 31 states, including 14 people who had initially been sentenced to death. Those cases all happened in lower courts.
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