S.2073

Innocence Protection Act of 2000 (Introduced in the Senate)

TITLE I--EXONERATING THE INNOCENT THROUGH DNA TESTING

SEC. 101. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

less. These laws are premised on the belief--inapplicable to DNA testing--that evidence becomes less reliable over time. Such time limits have been used to deny inmates access to DNA testing, even when guilt or innocence could be conclusively established by such testing. For example, in Dedge v. Florida, 723 So.2d 322 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1998), the court without opinion affirmed the denial of a motion to release trial evidence for the purpose of DNA testing. The trial court denied the motion as procedurally barred under the 2-year limitation on claims of newly discovered evidence established by the State of Florida, which has since adopted a 6-month limitation on such claims.

SEC. 102. DNA TESTING IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

`CHAPTER 156--DNA TESTING

`Sec.

`Sec. 2291. DNA testing

`Sec. 2292. Preservation of biological material

2291'.

SEC. 103. DNA TESTING IN STATE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS.

SEC. 104. PROHIBITION PURSUANT TO SECTION 5 OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT.


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