Forensics: DNA still relevant in last year’s 149 nationwide exonerations

THE NATIONAL Registry of Exonerations declared Wednesday that “by any reasonable accounting, there are tens of thousands of false convictions each year across the country, and many more that have accumulated over the decades.”

The researchers found that only 17 percent of last year’s exonerations (N=149) were due to DNA evidence, and they documented only 65 instances of official misconduct, mostly in homicide cases. These figures imply another sort of unacceptable error: of honest police, prosecutors and juries failing to give defendants the presumption of innocence, as the law requires.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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