Thursday, August 16, 2007

Court Overturns Conviction Because of New DNA Evidence

Division III granted the personal restraint petition of a Yakima man convicted of rape and burglary in 1996. DNA analysis that was not available at the time is persuasive evidence that would likely have changed the jury's verdict. The petitioner, Ted Bradford, has already served his sentence, but he wants to clear his name and remove the obligation to register as a sex offender. DNA evidence overturns Yakima man's rape conviction, Seattle Times, Aug. 15, 2007.

The case is In re the Personal Restraint Petition of Bradford, No. 24448-2-III, Wash. Courts (Aug. 14, 2007).

Mr. Bradford was represented by the Innocence Project Northwest. Prof. Jackie McMurtrie and Trial Ad instructor Felix G. Luna were counsel of record.

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