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"The best available evidence indicates that, on the one hand, innocent people are sentenced to death with materially greater frequency than was previously supposed and that, on the other hand, convincing proof of their innocence often does not emerge until long after their conviction."


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New Jersey's Death Penalty: INNOCENCE

Innocent Lives at Risk

DNA Cannot Solve the Problem

While DNA is an important new technology that has played a substantial factor in 14 of the 119 death row exonerations, most murders simply don't involve any biological evidence to be tested. Moreover, DNA testing is only as accurate as the human beings conducting the tests. Recent crime lab scandals in Oklahoma, Texas, Maryland, and Washington State have revealed that DNA and other forensic evidence can be misread, compromised, or even tainted.

Case study: The Story of Ray Krone

1 Death row exoneration list maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center, Washinton, DC www.deathpenaltyinfo.org. (accessed January 2, 2006)
2 New Jerseyans' Opinions on the Death Penalty, Rutgers Bloustein Center for Survey Research, April 2005 (hereafter Rutgers Survey 2005).
3 Samuel R. Gross, Kristen Jacoby, Daniel J. Matheson, Nicholas Montgomery and Sujata Patil, Exonerations in the United States, 1989 through 2003, University of MIchigan Law School, 2004.
4 Exoneration (capital and non-capital) list maintained by Northwestern Law School's Center for Wrongful Convictions
5 State v. Krone, 897 P.2d 621 (Ariz. 1995) (en banc)

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