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56 Vand. L. Rev. 1179 (2003)
Life after Death Row: Preventing Wrongful Capital Convictions and Restoring Innocence after Exoneration

handle is hein.journals/vanlr56 and id is 1193 raw text is: NOTES
Life After Death Row: Preventing
Wrongful Capital Convictions and
Restoring Innocence After
Exoneration
I.    INTRODUCTION   ................................................................... 1180
II.   THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM-EXAMPLES OF
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
IN  CAPITAL  CASES  .............................................................. 1185
A.     Faulty  Forensic  Science .......................................... 1188
B.    Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct ..................... 1189
C.    Inadequate Defense Counsel ................................... 1191
III.  THE IMPORTANCE OF DNA TESTING AND THE
OBSTACLES  TO  ITS  U SE ....................................................... 1193
A.    The History and Importance of DNA Evidence ........ 1193
B.   Difficulties of Obtaining DNA Testing ..................... 1193
C.   Difficulties of Using DNA Evidence in a Motion
for a New Trial Based on Newly Discovered
Evidence or Habeas Corpus Review ......................... 1195
IV.   CASE STUDIES-INNOCENTS CONVICTED AND RELEASED .. 1201
A .   K irk  B loodsworth  .................................................... 1202
B .    Charles  Fain  ........................................................... 1204
C.    E arl  W ashington  ..................................................... 1205
V.     PROPOSED SYSTEMIC CHANGES TO PREVENT WRONGFUL
C ONVICTION S  ...................................................................... 1208
A.    Death Penalty Reform in the States ....................... 1209
B.    Improved Access to DNA Testing and the
Creation  of DNA  Databases .................................... 1211
C.    The Innocence Protection Act .................................. 1214
VI.   RESTORING THE WRONGLY CONVICTED
UNDER THE  CURRENT  SYSTEM  ........................................... 1215

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