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New Plans to Keep Innocent People Out of Prison
Two years of work ends with recommendations to lawmakers, law enforcement and attorneys on how to prevent putting innocent people in prison. The Oklahoma Justice Commission issued its report on how to ensure the reliability of convictions in the state’s criminal justice system.
Among the recommendations made in the more then 100-page report are suggestions that more interrogations be recorded as part of an effort to reduce the number of false-confessions.
The report identified other areas lawmakers and policy makers need to review. Those areas include eyewitness identification, forensic evidence, the use of informants and victim and family rights. The commission also recommended new procedures for police line-ups and photo identification.
The Justice Commission was launched by the Oklahoma Bar Association after a request from the Oklahoma Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law. The commission was headed by former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. In a news conference Edmondson said the importance of getting the right person convicted is vital because if the wrong person is locked up, then the guilty party is still free to commit other crimes.
The commission is also supporting legislation that would create a post-conviction DNA testing process. Oklahoma is the only state that does not allow access to DNA in cases where there is additional evidence that could establish innocence. Oklahoma did have a law in place, but it expired.
The legislation to recreate the DNA testing processes is authored by Representative Lee Denney, R-Cushing. “When a person’s life and liberty are at stake, we have a duty to be as thorough and exacting as possible to ensure that we are not sending an innocent person to prison,” Denney said.
Posted: Friday, March 1 2013, 09:33 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Man: Daughter killed in tornado was 'special baby'
May 22, 2013 22:52 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma man whose daughter was killed when a tornado struck Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore says she was his "special baby" who made friends with everyone she met.
Joshua Hornsby's 9-year-old daughter JaNae was among seven children killed when the tornado hit the school Monday afternoon. Officials say 10 children in all were among the 24 people killed in the storm.
Hornsby says he drove to the school after hearing a tornado was headed that way but arrived 10 minutes after it struck. He says he also lost his home.
State officials say the damage estimate from the twister that's been rated an EF5 by the National Weather Service could exceed $2 billion.
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