Agreement Reached on US DNA Test Law For Convicts

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Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached a compromise on long-pending legislation to provide convicts with better access to DNA testing and to legal representation. The Washington Post says that the measure would provide $1 billion over five years to help federal and state authorities solve crimes and to aid defendants and convicted offenders in trying to prove their innocence. "I'm a believer in the death penalty, but there has to be 100 percent certainty," said Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who worked on the bill with Rep. William D. Delahunt (D-Mass.). "What we do in this . . .

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