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Massachusetts DNA Access Law Goes into Effect Today!

Today the Post Conviction Access to Forensic and Scientific Analysis Act goes into effect in Massachusetts, allowing potentially innocent inmates access to DNA evidence in their cases. This law represents years of hard work and is a huge step in the right direction for …

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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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NEIP Exoneree Profiled in ABA Criminal Justice Magazine

The case of Jimmy Hebshie, NEIP’s most recent exoneree, was profiled in a short article in the winter 2012 volume of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Magazine. The article titled “Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Expert Testimony” by Paul C. Giannelli examines the discredited arson sciene and …

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News Roundup: DNA Access Bill

As the House of Representatives debates pending legislation granting inmates access to post-conviction DNA testing several news outlets have written stories exploring the topic. In July, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed S.1987 granting inmates access to post-conviction DNA testing. The legislation is currently under review by the Ways and Means Committee in …

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NEIP Exoneree Dennis Maher Profiled by the Boston Globe

On Sunday, September 4, 2011, the Boston Globe profiled NEIP exoneree Dennis Maher. Maher was convicted of two separate attacks on women in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1984 and another in Ayer, Massachusetts. He received a life sentence for the attacks and was convinced he would …

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Lawyer Johnson

10 years
In December, 1971, a man was shot and killed in Roxbury. A known addict, Kenny Myers, was found at the scene. Shown a photo array, he initially identified a man as the shooter who turned out to be in jail. He then told police …

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Justice After 20 Years

In 1992, a teenage girl was kidnapped at knifepoint as she waited for a bus. The assailant raped her and then demanded that she come to a nearby skating rink the following night with $100. The next night, a suspect was picked up from the skating rink, positively identified by the young woman, and charged …

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Public Hearing Held Today on Postconviction DNA Access Bill

A public hearing was held today at the Massachusetts State House regarding the Postconviction DNA Access Bill pending before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. NEIP Executive Director Gretchen Bennett testified with Betty Anne Waters and NEIP exoneree Dennis Maher. Betty Anne Waters worked for 18 years to exonerate her brother Kenny. Much of her …

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