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Give Prisoners Access to DNA

Post  Yoke on Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:46 pm

http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/give_prisoners_access_to_dna

Targeting: Neal Katyal (Solicitor General) and the President of the United States

Started by: william newmiller

Disheartening news from
http://legaltimes.typepad.com.

The solicitor general's office has turned down a request by the Innocence Project to disavow a Bush Administration stance on prisoners' access to DNA evidence in postconviction proceedings. As a result, on March 2, Neal Katyal will make his debut as deputy solicitor general by arguing before the Supreme Court in support of the state of Alaska's view that prisoners have no constitutional right to obtain DNA evidence that might help them prove their innocence -- even if the prisoners pay for the DNA testing themselves. The case is District Attorney's Office for the Third Judicial District v. Osborne.

Let President Obama and the Solicitor General know that we expect a change from the Bush-era opposition to innocence initiatives.

The campaign ends on May 22.

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