DNA Tests Prompt Review of Virginia ConvictionsJul 09, 2012
By Frank Green
Prompted by DNA testing in recent years, authorities in Norfolk and Carroll County are investigating several possible, decades-old wrongful convictions.
Virginia Department of Forensic Science has disclosed DNA test results for more than 70 persons where testing of biological evidence discovered in forensic case files from 1973 to 1988, failed to identify the convicted person.
The test reports were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from the media and the Innocence Project made possible — as of July 1 — by special legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly this year.