Grant money to test DNA from dubious convictions probably will dry up with Trump

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The costs of uncovering wrongful convictions are expensive. All innocence projects and criminal defense organizations require substantial donations to pursue the few cases they glean from thousands of requests from the public and inmates. Each case like the one mentioned in this article. dealing with erroneous bitemark evidence, needs alot of money to handle attorney costs, court and police records (not free by any means), and biological expertise. Alfred Swinton spent 15 years of appeals before finally being released last week. He is still on house arrest, since the DA from Connecticut has a time limit remaining before declaring no re-trial will occur.

http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-cameron-murder-conviction-swinton-hartford-0611-20170609-story.html

Once an exoneration is achieved, the taxpayers then get the hook to pay compensation costs on those same cases. The state of California has paid out of millions of dollars according to this study from a few years ago.

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