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Idaho Senate backs dumping limit on DNA testing

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03/18/10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Inmates who want to file a petition for DNA
or fingerprint analysis would no longer be subject to a one-year
limitation to request such a test, under a measure that cleared the
Senate on Thursday.

The measure passed the House unanimously, and now goes to Gov.
C.L. ``Butch'' Otter for signature.

Proponents including Sen. Bart Davis, an Idaho Falls Republican
and defense lawyer, argued protecting prisoners' access to DNA
tests is important because rapidly changing technology could mean
some will be exonerated years after their initial conviction.

Though Davis says he's concerned about victims, but believes
even they would welcome DNA tests based on new science that
``meaningfully demonstrates'' those found guilty of crimes are
actually innocent.

Sen. Denton Darrington, a law-and-order lawmaker, argued this
could clog up the justice system with frivolous petitions.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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