Supreme Court allows death row inmate to access DNA testing

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 6-3 in Skinner v. Switzer [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing may assert a civil rights claim under Section 1983 [text]. Texas death row inmate Henry Skinner filed a 1983 claim seeking access to DNA evidence that he believes will prove his innocence. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed…

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