POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:36am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:41am
Texas — Prosecutors across Northeast Texas expressed concerns Wednesday about a Texas senator’s proposal to require DNA testing of all biological evidence before trials in state death penalty cases.
DNA testing has been used to determine more than 50 defendants in Texas were wrongfully convicted, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Many were exonerated while on death row.
While prosecutors applauded the aim of the Senate bill, which is supported by Attorney General Greg Abbott, they question its practicality.
“Nobody wants to wrongfully convict anyone,” said Rusk County District Attorney Micheal Jimerson. “In theory it’s a great idea. In practice, it may be unrealistic.”
Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough said the bill’s requirement that all biological evidence be tested for DNA before trial could lead to delays and other problems.
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