An escape route from prison for the innocent
By CHRISTINE MUMMA
RALEIGH — Questions about the justice of criminal convictions in North Carolina are being raised more frequently lately. Is that because the system has new flaws, or is it because the system is just now recognizing old flaws?
Certainly the advent of DNA testing and advances in science have played a part. DNA evidence left at crime scenes, whether on the victim or on some item the perpetrator touches or leaves behind, can confirm the identification of a perpetrator or call into question the reliability of a conviction. Once DNA confirms that someone convicted of a crime is not the perpetrator — as with Darryl Hunt, Lesley Jean and Ronald Cotton — review of the circumstances of the wrongful conviction can highlight potential flaws in our justice system. (more…)
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