Archive for February, 2012

NYT Examines False Confessions

Did you know that in 16% of the first 250 DNA exonerations, suspects gave false confessions to police? Even though it seems counterintuitive to confess to a crime that you did not commit, it is a common occurrence that happens for a variety of reasons. Read a NYT piece that examines some of …

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Upcoming Event- March 19, 2012

The New England Law Review, New England Innocence Project, and Boston Bar Association present a lecture: Wrongful Conviction and the Judiciary
Monday, March 19, 2012 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
New England Law | Boston – 154 Stuart Street, Cherry Room, …

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DNA Access Bill Becomes Law!

On Friday, February 17, 2012 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed bill S.1987 into law, allowing potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. Friday’s signing represents years of hard work and is a huge step in the right direction for justice …

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Unanimously Passes DNA Access Bill!

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is thrilled to announce that on Wednesday February 8, 2012 the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed bill S.1987 which would allow potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. The cost-neutral bill passed the Massachusetts …

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House Debates DNA Access Bill Today!

Today is the day! The MA House of Representatives will be debating the DNA Access bill later today. If passed, potentially INNOCENT inmates in MA will be able to test the DNA evidence which could prove their innocence.

It’s not too late to call your representative and urge them to support the bill.

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UPDATE- DNA Access Bill Awaits House of Representatives Discussion

UPDATE-If you an innocent person in prison in Massachusetts, and there is DNA evidence in your case, you do not have the right to test that evidence under current laws. NEIP exoneree Dennis Maher spent 6 extra years in prison because …

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News Roundup: Flawed Arson Science

The Associated Press ran a story about how Innocence Projects and defense attorneys are challenging arson convictions based on advances in science that disprove past methods of determining whether fires were due to natural causes or arson. For example, for years fire …

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