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Not guilty: DNA evidence clears wrongly convicted defendants

Can you imagine serving a prison sentence for a crime you didn’t commit? Dealing with overwhelming feelings of injustice and frustration as you continue to assert your innocence even though no one will listen, not even your trust DUI lawyer? The US legal system is far from infallible. Misleading evidence, false testimony, and social prejudice can all cause innocent people to be declared guilty by a jury of their peers.

A recent article from the Washington Post describes the extreme guilt which plagues one woman every day after her testimony in court helped send an innocent man to jail for 27 years. The woman endured a horrible ordeal when she was raped after arriving at the day care center where she worked. However, after DNA evidence proved that she accused the wrong man of assault, she realized that she was no longer the only victim in this crime.

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