Federal DNA Test Bill: All Carrot And No Stick

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53178-2003Oct6.html The compromise Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology Act pending in Congress would revive a "critically important measure to prevent erroneous convictions in death penalty cases," the Washington Post editorializes. The measure marries legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) with President Bush's initiative to reduce the backlog of evidence awaiting DNA testing. The law would ensure that evidence in federal criminal cases is preserved for post-conviction testing, and would create financial incentives . . .

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