WASHINGTON — Prisoners have no constitutional right to DNA testing that might prove their innocence, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a 5-to-4 decision.
This is an interesting case in that I can see both sides of the issue.
“After conviction,” Justice Alito added, “with nothing to lose, the defendant could demand DNA testing in the hope that some happy accident — for example, degradation or contamination of the evidence — would provide the basis for seeking postconviction relief.”
Is this concern reasonable - can DNS evidence degrade in a way that is both undetectable and which generates incorrect results.
Justices Reject Inmate Right to DNA Tests - NYTimes.com