Thursday, June 22, 2006

 

no innocent person can gain access to dna evidence...

well, that's the case if you pay attention to the tennessee criminal court of appeals (cca) any way...

the cca just posted their decision denying sedley alley's request to compel the release of physical evidence for dna analysis - they affirmed the decision of criminal court judge otis higgs, jr....

so what message did the cca send out with this decision???

no innocent person can gain access to DNA evidence...

the court of criminal appeals fundamentally misunderstands the law and the power of dna technology that is used in this country every day to solve crimes, exonerate innocent people and bring guilty people to justice...

the state legislature passed the post-conviction dna act to prevent the incarceration and execution of innocent people...

the united states supreme court (scotus) has spoken recently about the power of dna to exonerate the wrongfully convicted... this decision appears to ignore both the intent of the legislature and the lesson of the supreme court in the house case...

now it's on to the tennessee supreme court and then scotus if necessary...

predictions that sedley alley's appeals would go down to the wire appear prescient ... keep his daughter april and son david in your prayers ...

peace out... <3

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