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Category Archives: Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania Crime Lab Bill Moves Forward

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Legislation that would enable crime labs run by counties in Pennsylvania to receive a share of the costs incurred from people convicted of crimes moves forward in becoming a law. […]

PA Senate Votes to Expand DNA Testing in Crimes

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Currently in the state of Pennsylvania, you must submit a DNA sample taken from the inside of your cheek after being convicted of a serious felony. However, legislation sponsored by […]

State Senator Planning Legislation to Extend Time Limits on Post-Conviction Appeals

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Currently, Pennsylvania has one of the toughest policies dictating when defendants can file post-conviction appeals – those based on non-DNA evidence must be filed within 60 days of the evidence’s […]

Declared “Actually Innocent” But Still in Prison

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In May 1999, Philadelphian Terrance Lewis was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the August 6, 1996, second-degree murder of Bernard Howard. Mr. Howard was killed after 3 […]

Why Not Just Test the DNA?

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On March 7, the Supreme Court decided Skinner v. Switzer and held that death-row inmate Henry Skinner may bring a claim in federal court under civil rights law 42 U.S.C. […]

Pa. Superior Court Approves DNA Testing for Robert Conway

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In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, those convicted of crimes can have DNA evidence tested post-conviction if the perpetrator’s identity was at issue during the trial and DNA testing would establish […]

Pennsylvania Man Released after 23 Years’ Incarceration

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Kenneth Shiffer was convicted of second degree murder in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. On November 23, 2010, Shiffer was released from prison after serving 23 years. Shiffer […]

Is it Intimidation When a DA Does It?

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear a case where a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney prevented a confessed killer from testifying on behalf of another accused in the same […]

Florida’s struggle to establish an innocence commission continues

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Last week, according to a report by Shoshana Walter of The Ledger, the Florida State Supreme Court rejected State Senator Mike Haridopolos’ petition to establish a state funded and independent […]

CBS3 Interviews the Pennsylvania Innocence Project for Newsmakers

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Check out the video here!

The vital importance of preserving biological evidence

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As an innocence project, we focus not only on reversing wrongful convictions, but also on preventing wrongful convictions in the first place.  One crucial part of such prevention is promoting […]

Volunteer Training — Tuesday May 19th, 12 – 1

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will hold its first training session for volunteers on Tuesday May 19th from 12 – 1 at Duane Morris (30 S. 17th Street).  No legal or criminal […]