Friday, January 13, 2006

DNA supports executed man's guilt

Thirteen years too late, Coleman is found extra-guilty.

But is this a losing battle for death-penalty advocates? Will someone eventually be executed who is later proven innocent? Not necessarily: this is the most dangerous time period for their (my?) cause, I would imagine, when some DNA material is available after the trial, and it's too late to save the convicted person by using it at trial. Any upcoming executions presumably will be DNA-vetted, and old executions are largely unreviewable, unless for some reason tissue or fluid was preserved. As the number of too-late-but-reviewable cases shrinks, this will be a smaller issue.

Of course, the argument will continue.


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