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Dna has help exonorate innocent people


DNA crime evidence has been instrumental in exonerating hundreds of wrongfully convicted people in the United States. In fact, DNA testing is the leading cause of exonerations, accounting for over 60% of all exonerations since 1989.

DNA evidence can be used to exonerate wrongfully convicted people in a number of ways. For example, DNA testing can be used to show that the defendant was not at the crime scene or that they did not come into contact with the victim. DNA testing can also be used to identify the real perpetrator of a crime.

Here are some examples of wrongful convictions that have been overturned by DNA evidence:

  • Kirk Bloodsworth: Bloodsworth was the first person to be exonerated from death row by DNA evidence. He was convicted of rape and murder in 1984 and spent nine years on death row before DNA testing proved his innocence.

  • Anthony Ray Hinton: Hinton was convicted of murder in 1985 and spent 28 years on death row before DNA testing showed that he was innocent.

  • Juan Rivera: Rivera was convicted of murder in 1992 and spent 19 years in prison before DNA testing proved his innocence.

  • Calvin Johnson: Johnson was convicted of murder in 1994 and spent 18 years in prison before DNA testing showed that he was innocent.

These are just a few examples of the many people who have been exonerated by DNA evidence. DNA testing is a powerful tool that can help to ensure that justice is served.

However, it is important to note that DNA evidence cannot be used to exonerate everyone who has been wrongfully convicted. In some cases, DNA evidence may not be available or it may not be conclusive. Additionally, DNA evidence can be mishandled or misinterpreted, which can lead to wrongful convictions.

Despite its limitations, DNA evidence is a valuable tool for exonerating wrongfully convicted people. As DNA testing technology continues to improve, it is likely that even more people will be exonerated in the future.

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