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To stop the rush of innocent prisoners from
being released after DNA evidence shows that
they didn't commit the crime, Michigan lawmakers
want a 5 year cap to appeals. It also would force
them to use a more rigid proof than what was used
to convict them in the first place.
Can't have those innocent prisoners getting out
after the State spent so much money getting them
in there in the first place :-§
- DNA appeals must be filed within five years of
the day the law takes effect.
- The defendant must have claimed innocence all
along; those who pleaded guilty couldn't seek a new
- Identity must have been an issue; a defendant
who said he had consensual sex with a rape victim
couldn't now try to use DNA to prove someone else
committed the crime.
- DNA evidence must be relevant; proof that a DNA
sample was from an accomplice in a murder doesn't
prove the defendant wasn't there.
- The defendant must show the DNA test was
conducted properly; a sample must be uncontaminated
to prove the DNA isn't from the defendant.
The Detroit News
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