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Court takes up right to DNA testing

WASHINGTON – As a growing number of people convicted of crimes are later exonerated by DNA evidence, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the question of whether there is a constitutional right to test this evidence post-conviction.

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Police and prosecutors are shielded by absolute immunity from a §1983 claim alleging poor training, supervision, and communications systems led to impeachment evidence being withheld from a defendant’s attorney. Van de Kamp v. Goldstein, No. 07-854. Jan 26, 2009.

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