Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bulletin: Va authorities eying decades old DNA tests to investigate 5 more possible wrongful convictions - The Washington Post.

STORY: Va authorities eying decades-old DNA tests to investigate 5 more possible wrong convictions," published by the Washington Post on July 6, 2012.

GIST: "Prosecutors are investigating four decades-old cases to determine whether DNA testing on evidence saved from all those years ago could lead to the exoneration of five individuals. Under a law that took effect on Sunday, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science disclosed the DNA results of more than 70 persons convicted of crimes in which the old biological evidence retained in their files did not match their DNA. The law allowed the department to withhold results if prosecutors felt releasing them would hinder the investigation into whether someone was wrongfully convicted. In releasing the DNA results through a Freedom of Information Act request, the department revealed that authorities in Norfolk and Carroll County withheld tests implicating five individuals in various crimes."

The entire story can be found at:

See also: NBC12 Investigates: DNA may clear 5 more Virginia inmates:


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