SCOTUS: Constitution doesn’t guarantee DNA tests

Big ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court today: The Justices, in a 5-4 decision, declared that the U.S. Constitution does not give convicts the right to test DNA evidence to prove their innocence years after they’re found guilty.

This is a defeat for groups such as the Innocence Project, but it may not have a huge impact on the status quo because all but 4 states have laws on the books allowing convicts to have some access to DNA tests.

Click here to read the full story from the Associated Press.

Click here to read the majority opinion from SCOTUS

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.