DNA Evidence Frees 200th Innocent Person
Posted Apr 23, 2007 5:43 PM CST
By Martha Neil
It's official—DNA evidence today has cleared a 200th wrongfully convicted person, according to The Innocence Project, a New York City-based advocacy group.
The 200th person to be released, Jerry Miller, was imprisoned for 25 years for a rape in a Chicago parking lot that he didn't commit, the AP reports.
The project, which now handles about 160 cases annually, was started in 1992 by two professors at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Due in part to its influence, a majority of states now have laws allowing post-conviction DNA testing.
For more details of the wrongful conviction, see this AP story.