Supreme Court: Inmates Can Sue for DNA Testing

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prisoners can file federal civil-rights lawsuits that seek DNA testing of crime-scene evidence, a decision that gives inmates a new legal pathway to seek exoneration through scientific evidence. The court ruled 6-3 that a Texas death-row inmate could file such a lawsuit, reversing lower courts that had ruled for Texas prosecutors.
March 8, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prisoners can file federal civil-rights lawsuits that seek DNA testing of crime-scene evidence, a decision that gives inmates a new legal pathway to seek exoneration through scientific evidence. The court ruled 6-3 that a Texas death-row inmate could file such a lawsuit, reversing lower courts that had ruled for Texas prosecutors.

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