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DNA determines your gender but does NOT exonerate someone

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DNA determines your gender but does NOT exonerate someone


"DNA determines gender":














When DNA is not very strong evidence, when it's seen as weaker than a false confession and/or a guilty plea produced under duress, obtained via lies by detectives, threats of torture, combined with other forms of exculpatory evidence, and more:


Darnell Phillips advocated for the passage of these laws. Like Haynesworth, Phillips was convicted of sexual assault based on problematic eyewitness identification and spent 27 years in prison before being released on parole. Despite DNA evidence and the victim recanting her identification, Phillips has been denied a writ of actual innocence. These groundbreaking changes to Virginia’s wrongful conviction laws will give him a fairer path to exoneration.



Today, Innocence Project client Perry Lott walked out of prison after 30 years of wrongful incarceration in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. Despite exculpatory DNA evidence, District Attorney Paul Smith offered Lott a sentence modification in the form of time served. Lott agreed to accept this settlement so he can move forward with certainty in regaining his life and not risk years of litigation while a motion to vacate his conviction is resolved in the courts.



The Newton County District Attorney’s Office has dropped all charges against Ron Jacobsen, who spent 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Jacobsen was released from prison on Nov. 4, 2020, on $500,000 bail, after DNA testing proved his innocence. Mr. Jacobsen had been wrongfully convicted of a 1990 kidnapping and rape in Covington, Ga.

“The District Attorney’s Office fought DNA testing in this case and then opposed a new trial even after DNA testing excluded Mr. Jacobsen as the assailant. It later fought to keep him in jail after his conviction was vacated, claiming that it would retry him for over two years in spite of the exonerating DNA evidence,” said Vanessa Potkin, Mr. Jacobsen’s Innocence Project attorney. “The District Attorney’s Office’s claim that Mr. Jacobsen was too dangerous to be released on bail while awaiting a retrial, but could walk free immediately if he pleaded guilty, is unconscionable. It also demonstrates how plea bargains can be used coercively to obtain and uphold convictions without truth or fairness. Not everyone is able to do what Mr. Jacobsen did — reject an opportunity to walk out of prison after 30 years of wrongful incarceration, knowing he could be imprisoned months or years more and that COVID-19 was spreading rapidly through jails. Ron’s perseverance and fortitude has enabled him to finally get justice.”



A West Virginia court issued a decision today letting stand the 2001 guilty plea of Joseph Buffey despite DNA evidence pointing to his innocence of the rape and robbery of an elderly widow whose son was a local police officer. The court refused to reverse the guilty plea even though the Innocence Project uncovered evidence that law enforcement had possession of DNA testing excluding Buffey of the crime before he entered the plea but never turned it over to the defense as required. To date, Buffey has served 12 years in prison.



Even the support of Virginia’s Attorney General isn’t enough for a man’s full exoneration despite DNA evidence proving his innocence.

Thomas Haynesworth was released from prison in March but is still waiting for a formal exoneration to complete his return to freedom.



Eric Wilson, Derek Tice, Danial Williams and Joseph Dick, also known as the Norfolk Four, falsely confessed to the rape and murder of Michelle Moore-Bosko after being threatened and intimidated by police during hours of interrogation. The men were convicted in 1999 despite DNA evidence that excluded them and matched to a known sex offender who, when questioned, admitted he alone was responsible for the crime.



What's up with that?


Categories: Across time, Class disparities, Double standards, Hypocrisy, NOT, Playing both sides, Selective outrage, Serious consequences, Trying to have it both ways, Vs

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