Colorado gets $1.2M for DNA exoneration project
DENVER – Colorado officials will review up to 5,000 rape, murder and manslaughter cases to see if DNA could prove the suspects innocent.
Attorney General John Suthers and Denver Distinct Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced the Colorado Justice Review Project on Thursday. It will be funded through a $1.2 million federal grant.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that defendants convicted of crimes have no constitutional right to DNA evidence that could prove their innocence.
Despite that, Morrissey says prosecutors have an ethical duty to seek the truth and assure justice in every case.
Suthers says other organizations, including the Colorado public defender office and the University of Denver law school, will be asked to help select cases for review.