Idaho Innocence Project Employs New Forensics Technique to Exonerate Two Men

Dr. Greg Hampikian, a professor in criminal justice and biology at Boise State University, came to the aid of Daryl Pinkins and Roosevelt Glen. Pinkins and Glen were sentenced to a combined 101 years in prison after they were wrongly convicted of rape. During the initial trial, the pair were excluded as potential DNA matches, but the prosecutor used a general blood and semen match as a key piece of evidence to convict the two men. Such a general match potentially included most caucasian men in the United States and nearly 70% of African American men. After the two men spent over a decade in jail, Dr. Hampikian brought in Mark Perlin to prove their innocence to the prosecution. Perlin is the man credited with inventing probabilistic genotyping. This new, software-based technique allows further precision in DNA testing. The results of the probabilistic genotyping persuaded the prosecution to forgo an additional hearing and the men were released. Read more below:

https://arbiteronline.com/2017/02/06/boise-state-researchers-aid-in-exonerations/

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