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Schneiderman backs claims for wrongful convictions

Updated: 02/18/2014 9:23 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 9:22 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing revisions in state law to let more people wrongfully convicted of crimes bring damage claims against the state.
    
Schneiderman plans to detail the proposal Wednesday at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
    
His legislation would amend current law to clarify that a person who falsely confessed or pleaded guilty may remain eligible to pursue a claim.
    
The law now requires showing the person "did not by his own conduct cause or bring about his conviction."
    
He would also change other provisions for resubmitting claims and extending the statute of limitations.
    
According to the Innocence Project, 27 people have had convictions reversed since 1991 because of DNA evidence in New York, and at least 10 made false incriminating statements or pleaded guilty.



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