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September 5, 2007

Lots of new and updated resources from DPIC

As noted on its home page, the Death Penalty Information Center has recently expanded its web resources and added a variety of new pages.  Here are some of the interesting new pages I noticed:

  • Death Penalty in Flux (detailing all the states in which the death penalty is on hold and noting lots of recent state legislation)
  • Time on Death Row (detailing the length of time inmates spend on Death Row and the implications of that time)

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DPIC decided to update its so-called "innocence" list with actual articles about some of the "exonerees". There was an interesting omission with respect to Timothy Hennis, an "exoneree" now being retried for the murders for which he was acquitted (gotta love the dual sovereignty doctrine). Somehow, the existence of DNA evidence linking Mr. Hennis to a triple homicide slipped the mind of DPIC. An interesting omission from the Death Penalty "Information" Center.

Of course, the real problem with DPIC's so-called innocence list doesn't take into consideration the possibility that sometimes, in this imperfect world of ours, murderers get away with it.

Posted by: federalist | Sep 5, 2007 9:17:57 PM

Defense lawyers should always ask during Voir Dire if a potential juror is in the habit of finding people guilty before the evidence is in. If they voted guilty in CourtTV polls before the defense even presented a case or before the defense finished the case, the juror should be rejected. People like you should be excluded, federalist.

Sometimes there is a logical, innocent reason for someone’s DNA to be present at the scene of a crime, Herzog said.

Hennis had a good reason to visit the Eastburn home two days before the murders: He adopted the Eastburns’ dog, an English setter, which they were giving away because the family was moving overseas.

“Where did they get the DNA from and where was it found?” Herzog asked. “That makes all the difference in the world.”

If it is from hair, or even blood, it could have an innocent explanation. People shed hair all the time. Hennis could have suffered a minor cut when he was picking up the dog.

So where was this DNA and could there be an innocent explanation for it? Too late, you're already dismissed from the jury.

Posted by: George | Sep 6, 2007 12:52:51 AM

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