USA | States Continue to Oppose DNA Testing in Death Penalty Appeals, Attorneys Ask Why Don’t They Want to Learn the Truth?

The last 3 men scheduled for execution in Georgia said they did not commit the killing and that DNA testing that was not available at the time of trial could prove it. In 2 of the cases, victim family members supported the request for testing. Prosecutors opposed the requests, and the courts refused to allow the testing. 2 of the 3 men were executed, with doubts still swirling as to their guilt.
Shawn Nolan, a federal defender who represented Georgia prisoner Ray “Jeff” Cromartie, summed up the sentiments of the prisoners, families, and defense attorneys in these cases. “I’d like to know what the state is so scared of,” he said. “Why are they afraid of the truth? This is sad and so disturbing.”
“We have the capability of testing a wide range of forensic evidence that we couldn’t test in the past,” said Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham. “It is a powerful tool to get to the truth and to get important answers as to whether the criminal legal system has b…

Japan | 70-year-old man on death row for killing 3 people dies of illness

Tokyo Detention Center
TOKYO -- A 70-year-old man who was on death row for killing one person 1997 and two others in 2000 died in prison in Tokyo on Wednesday. 

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry said Yoshiro Asa died of interstitial pneumonia, Fuji TV reported. 

His death leaves the number of inmates on death row in Japan at 110.

Asa, the head of a construction company, was convicted of killing one of his employees by beating him with a stick in 1997 and, along with accomplices, strangling two men in 2000. 

He was arrested after the remains of the three bodies were found at a campsite in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture in 2003.

Asa was sentenced to death in 2006 but he filed an appeal which the Supreme Court denied in December 2011.

Source: japantoday.com, Staff, February 13, 2020

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