Friday, July 1, 2011

Two Interesting Stories to Cap off The Week

First, Greg Taylor, who was exonerated after spending 17 years for a murder he did not commit, has sued the scandal ridden SBI for cheating and lying, which placed him in prison. The SBI lab testified at his trial that there was blood in his car based on a field test, which was the only physical evidence tying him to crime. What the lab agent left out--and hid from Mr. Taylor's lawyers--was that a more sophisticated confirmatory test conducted at the lab that showed it was not blood.

Taylors case is only one of many that have been identified for mishandling of blood evidence by the SBI.

Second, the foreman, George DeMartz, on the Jason Young jury has publicly come out and commented to the press. "There was no doubt in my mind that there was reasonable doubt in this case." The state is determining whether or not to retry Mr. Young. He remains in jail, where he has been since his 2006 arrest.

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