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Federal Prosecutors Instructed to Use DNA to the “Greatest Extent Possible”

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Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder issued two memoranda to all federal prosecutors, effectively reversing Bush-era policies regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence in federal prosecutions. Federal prosecutors will no longer be able to require a defendant to waive his right to post-conviction DNA testing under the Innocence Projection Act as part of plea agreements. Mr. Holder says the new procedures “will ensure the department can use DNA to the greatest extent possible to solve crimes and ensure the guilty are convicted.”

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