Jun 18, 2009 | 6
Prisoners have no constitutional right to DNA testing to challenge their convictions, the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5 to 4 vote.
The majority seemed concerned that requests for testing would overwhelm—and possibly undermine—the courts. "The availability of new DNA testing, however, cannot mean that every criminal conviction, or even every conviction involving biological evidence, is suddenly in doubt," wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the majority opinion.
The power of DNA testing to overturn convictions is clear. DNA testing of biological traces—blood, hair, semen—has exonerated 238 people in the past 17 years, The New York Times reports.
Jan 29, 2009 | 4
Our friends at LiveScience posted a story yesterday that makes me want to ransack their offices.
Now before you assume that’s the sort of thing that happens in the dog-eat-dog world of science journalism, take a look at the story. It reports on a study in the journal Social Science Quarterly that found that boys named Ivan were more likely than others to become juvenile delinquents.
I’m in good company: Alec, Ernest, Kareem, and Malcolm were also common on the perp walk. Gives a new meaning to “by any means necessary,” Malcolm X’s well-known phrase. And I’m not sure if Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would count, seeing as his given name was Ferdinand Lewis.
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