Posted by Law Campus Admin on the 7th January 2011.
As some of you may be aware, LexisNexis supports Innocence Network UK and its member Innocence Projects by providing free licences to their Casemap software. The Director of INUK, Michael Naughton, has recently written at article with Gabe Tan, Head of Casework at the University of Bristol Innocence Project entitled 'The right to access DNA testing by alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions in the United Kingdom?' published in the November edition of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof.
The Journal of Evidence and Proof has given permission for the attached article to be circulated widely.
It is hoped that lawyers can utilise the argument that those accused or convicted of crimes that they say they did not commit have a right to benefit from the latest developments in science and scientific knowledge in constructing their defence or appeal cases.
This article identifies two distinct cases of alleged wrongful conviction that were investigated by the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) where the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the official body that deals with alleged miscarriages of justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has failed to utilise DeoxyriboNucleic Acid (DNA) testing that may exonerate the applicant: a case where numerous crime scene exhibits exist that has never been subjected to any DNA testing; and a case that has not been subjected to the full range of DNA tests that could be conducted to validate the applicant’s claim of factual innocence. It draws from the right to share the benefits of scientific advancements contained in the International Bill of Rights to argue that access to official DNA testing for alleged innocent victims of wrongful convictions is vital to determine the reliability of contested convictions in the
We would encourage you to read this article and pass it on to friends and colleagues who work in the area of criminal appeals.