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    http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080308/OPINION01/803080321/1085/opinion Published March 8, 2008 [ From Lansing State Journal ] To the point:
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      http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080308/OPINION01/803080321/1085/opinion

      Published March 8, 2008
      [ From Lansing State Journal ]
      To the point: DNA evidence should be studied
      Our opinions

      The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office went to court this week to
      oppose DNA testing for a man identified in 1990 as the perpetrator of
      a rape.

      Prosecutors are fighting in the appeals court to stop the testing,
      saying that evidence at trial makes it unnecessary.

      The accused, Robert Barrera, is serving 50 to 80 years.

      While there was blood evidence and a victim identification, defense
      attorneys from Cooley Law School's Innocence Project do a credible job
      of pointing out the limitations of both. The accused is Hispanic and
      the victim, who identified him three years after the attack, had once
      described her attacker as black. Blood evidence from the victim
      matched the accused man's blood type, but it's a blood type common to
      40 percent of Hispanic men.

      A reasonable person is left to ask: If prosecutors are so confident in
      their evidence, what harm could a DNA test cause?

      If the convicted man's DNA matches the evidence, everyone can be
      confident in the result.

      On the other hand, if DNA shows Barrera is not the attacker, wouldn't
      that serve justice?

      This is especially puzzling following the recent case of Claude
      McCollum, an innocent man sent to prison for murder by prosecutors
      until a more thorough review of evidence exonerated him.

      Apparently Stuart Dunnings III and his staff need to be reminded that
      prosecutors should err on the side of thoroughness, always. They must
      remember that their goal is not to win - but to serve justice.

      ps
      What they aren't telling you about DNA profiles
      and what Special Branch don't want you to know.
      http://www.nutteing.chat.ru/dnapr.htm
      or nutteingd in a search engine.
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