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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Kelly Pledges to Help with Convict DNA Project

This article appeared on the website of New York 1:

Kelly Pledges To Help With Convict DNA Project

The city's top cop is reportedly pledging to help find missing DNA evidence that could clear more than a dozen convicts.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he'll help the Innocence Project locate evidence that had been feared lost or destroyed.

Kelly will help the project in the cases of 17 city convicts.

The project – led by former OJ Simpson lawyer Barry Scheck – had looked for years for DNA evidence in some 23 cases, but gave up after police claimed it was lost or destroyed.

In addition to helping find the missing evidence, Kelly says he's working to ensure better management and storage of DNA so exonerations are not held up in the future.

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