Pushing for more than just DNA
A proposal to Expand the state's DNA database isn't good enough, said members of the New York State Bar Association. They agree with the governor that DNA can help exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. But they say wrongful convictions are caused by a number of other factors and those should be addressed, too. Our Erin Vannella has more.
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“Prison, I would call it my hell on earth. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy,” said exoneree, Steven Barnes.
Steven Barnes served 19 years for murder, rape, and sodomy before being proven innocent but DNA evidence alone he said, wouldn't have helped.
“I was interrogated. I was accused. I was yelled at. Cops did tag team interrogation. It was really brutal,” said Barnes.
Barnes' case is one of many inspiring leaders of the New York State Bar Association and the Innocence Project to add more components to Cuomo's DNA expansion plan. There are six major issues announced Monday they want to address: