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highest criminal court over DNA testing

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

 Posted: 3:21 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2016

 

A death row inmate has sued the state’s highest criminal court and its nine judges, arguing that they have deprived him of the opportunity to prove his innocence.

 

Lawyers for death row inmate Larry Swearingen argue that the Court of Criminal Appeals adopted a flawed and unconstitutional interpretation of a state law intended to allow inmates to seek DNA tests, particularly if modern testing techniques were not available when they were convicted.

 

In a federal lawsuit filed Friday and served on the Texas court Monday, Swearingen asked U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin to rule that the Texas court violated his constitutional rights by needlessly restricting his access to DNA tests. Scissors-32x32.png

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/death-row-inmate-sues-states-highest-criminal-cour/ns2Cm/

 

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