April 28th, 2009
02:46 PM ET

The strength of our convictions

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/28/watkins-craig-dallas-da.jpg caption="Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is reviewing DNA cases."]

Jami Floyd | Bio
In Session

For more than a decade, innocent people behind bars have been fighting for DNA testing. And at every turn, it seems, prosecutors were there to stop them — denying access to the DNA material, denying the very possibility of a wrongful conviction.

But we know now, hundreds of exonerations later, that mistakes are made; and slowly the tide is changing. Prosecutors, across the country, are beginning to question the strength of their convictions. They should. As the pace of DNA exonerations has increased in recent years, we have been faced with the disturbing truth: Our criminal justice system is broken; and it needs to be fixed.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I'm glad the legal system is looking at the review of cases where DNA evidence can determine if the correct person is behind bars; this should be a right each prisoner has – to ask for and receive on a timely basis a review of their case with DNA evidence. DNA is a great tool for law enforcement just like finger printing when it first started – we need to use it on present and future cases and we also need to look at past cases where the guilty party is in jail to ensure that we got the right guilty party. Its not only the logical thing to do but the human thing to do as well.

    April 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  2. William Courtland

    DNA, so you rape the conception of a male, make him effeminate so he wears females garmets in secret: then you take those garmets from him and use them to prosecute a person with DNA evidence...

    How many drag queens have come from a background where they were abused mentally and socially abused and outcasted even before they started acting abused outright or started performing gay acts.

    School is a trap for some, and a place for power for others. Just as many priests in the churches: pedophilia of a female teacher upon a bright student when she makes a hypnotic bond and rapes his conception: and the priest only act that way because they too are showing symptoms of being mentally raped: the voice or higher calling from God: a symptom of Satan and her rape and not of a Supreme Being.

    Do you ever feel society might deserve swine flu?

    April 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Teresa, OH

    Mr. Watkins sure has an incredible job... what a privilege and responsibility!

    I always wonder about the mindset of those wrongfully convicted and then cleared of charges. Are they able to be anywhere near the same person they were or will they have had to become like the criminals to survive with them?

    April 28, 2009 at 2:59 pm |