Volume 42, Issue 4 (July 1997)
Review of: Connors et al. “Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence after Trial”
A paperbound, 109 page report from staff of the institute for Law and Justice (ILJ) summarizes 27 publicized cases in which DNA evidence demonstrated the innocence of 29 men who had been found guilty of sexual assault or murder. The report opens with A Brief Message from the Attorney General. Several take-home messages are actually delivered in the very first section, the Forward, which consists of Commentaries on DNA testing by well known academics, judges, attorneys, criminal investigators and a forensic scientist. The Forward is followed by chapters termed Introduction, Study Findings and Policy Implications. Summaries of the case constitute the fourth chapter for readers interested in the historical details. After the case descriptions, there are a Glossary and an Appendix containing the DQe~ phenotypes found in the cases.