Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Supreme Court Rules Against Contitutional Right to DNA Testing

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that post-conviction DNA testing is not a Constitutional right for convicted criminals. So far, post-conviction DNA testing has exonerated at least 232 people nationwide. The ruling came on an appeals case by William Osborne, who was convicted for the 1993 rape, kidnapping and assault of a prostitute in Alaska. The Innocence Project, a group of attorneys who help prisoners obtain DNA testing, has been defending him for seven years. Nina Morrison is a staff attorney at the Innocence Project has been working on his case and joins us today.

"No matter how guilty somebody looks, there's no substitute for doing a DNA test which can prove it either way. And we were hoping the Supreme Court would agree."
— Nina Morrison of the Innocence Project on the right to DNA testing


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