DNA frees Colo. man convicted of murder

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    Now that DNA has become pretty-much mainstream, hopefully people won't have to wait a decade to be exonerated.
     
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    They've been using DNA for more than a decade...
     
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    Historically, the problem has been getting the courts to open up the cases so that they even look at the DNA evidence. All those appeals that people complain about is the only reason it ever gets to where the court can hear it.

    The Innocence project is over 25 years old, I think, so they were using DNA then, if I'm not mistaken. But there's always a lag between scientific advances and when they can be put before the courts as "generally accepted".
     
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    Sure they have. But a lot of the people being freed now were convicted prior to DNA testing being available, or its being accepted in court as evidence.

    People convicted now should have benefit at their intitial trials rather than waiting for an appeal to slide through the bureaucracy.
     
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    The appeals process should be complained about. It sucks.:eusa_whistle:
     
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    What I always love is the excuse by Prosecutors that since the convicted had a "fair" trial and the appeal has nothing to do with procedural errors, there is no reason to make simple tests to see if the evidence the Prosecutor has actually supports the conviction.
     
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    And if it wasn't what it is, all the people that have been wrongfully placed on death row would have been dead before they were exonerated.
     
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    I suspect Gunny was saying the appeal process should allow reasonable challenges not deny them.
     

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