Let There Be DNA Testing for All Death Row Inmates

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Last week, the US Supreme Court granted a stay to Tommy Arthur, an inmate on Alabama’s death row who was scheduled to be executed Thursday. But this story is not over yet.

Arthur says he is innocent of the murder for which he has already served almost 25 years and there is biological evidence that could prove whether he is guilty or not. But the courts – and the Alabama Governor Bob Riley – refuse to grant DNA testing as set forth in the model post conviction DNA law guidelines.

“The Innocence Project has written several letters to Alabama Gov. Riley over the last few weeks, and generated editorials in virtually all of the state’s leading newspaper in support of DNA testing, but Riley hasn’t taken action to learn the truth from DNA testing in Tommy’s case,” says Alissa Talley of the Innocence Project.

Her office doesn’t represent Arthur, but attorneys here have consulted with his attorneys in recent months.

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She is asking people to 30 seconds to send an email to Gov. Riley to “help deliver a powerful message that people across the state and across the country are watching how Alabama handles this and that we care about truth and fairness – real justice, instead of just convictions at any price (and any cost),” she said.

To send the email, visit the non-profit group’s Website and fill out a short form.

See more background on the case here.

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