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Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
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Legislative News

House of Representatives grants post conviction forensic analysis access

The House of Representatives yesterday engrossed legislation granting post conviction forensic analysis access. This legislation, supported by the Massachusetts Bar Association, is aimed at preventing wrongful convictions. The Senate passed the bill in July.

The MBA has studied and long-advocated on the issue of DNA testing, and access, for a number of years. In 2005, the MBA held an annual conference highlighting the necessity of an individual's access to DNA evidence. As part of its conference, the MBA's keynote speaker, Calvin C. Johnson Jr., spoke of his experience of being wrongfully convicted. Having spent over 16 years behind bars in Georgia and finally freed with the help of the National Innocence Project, Johnson went on to become a national best-selling author and advocate.

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