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VIRGINIA (USA): SUPPORTED BY NEW DNA EVIDENCE, MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 1970 FILES INNOCENCE CLAIM

October 19, 2016: Sherman Brown (69, Black), a man who was sentenced to death in 1970 for the Oct. 1, 1969 murder of a 4-year-old boy, has filed a writ of actual innocence with the Virginia Supreme Court saying that DNA testing on recently discovered evidence clears him of the crime. Brown's petition states: “Recent DNA testing demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence what I have maintained for over 45 years: that I am innocent of this crime. The evidence against me at trial was deeply flawed."
Brown was convicted of a 1969 crime in which a woman was knocked unconscious, stabbed, and possibly raped and her 4-year-old son was killed.
The woman—who is White—identified Brown—who is Black—as her attacker, and investigators presented expert testimony claiming that a fiber and hair analysis they had conducted implicated Brown.
An all-White jury convicted Brown and sentenced him to death.
His death sentence was reduced to life in prison when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972 in Furman v. Georgia.
Several recent developments have called Brown's conviction into question.
The fiber and hair evidence used in Brown's trial was among the flawed forensic testimony recently identified by the FBI as lacking scientific validity.
In 2015, the University of Virginia Innocence Project discovered a slide that contains a vaginal swab that was taken from the victim at the time of the crime. DNA testing excluded Brown as the source of a male DNA profile found in the specimen and, with 98% certainty, ruled out the woman's husband. This, Brown says, shows the DNA “came from an unidentified third man and constitutes powerful evidence of [his] innocence.”
The Virginia Supreme Court has stayed Brown's petition to permit additional testing to conclusively determine whether the male DNA could have come from the victim's husband.
If Brown is exonerated, he would be the second Virginia prisoner exonerated after having been sentenced to death. (Source: The Innocence Project, October 19, 2016)

SRI LANKA: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER A MURDER CASE
PAKISTAN: SC STAYS HANGING OF MENTALLY ILL CONVICT IMDAD ALI
SAUDI ARABIA: MURDERER RELEASED AFTER 15 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
ALABAMA(USA): MARCUS BENN SPARED DEATH SENTENCE
PAKISTAN: SC COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF TWO MURDERERS TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
IRAN: JUSTICE MINISTER CALLS FOR REVISION OF DEATH PENALTY LAW
FLORIDA: SUPREME COURT HALTS DEATH PENALTY CASE
KAZAKHSTAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN ISLAMIC EXTREMIST ATTACK
USA: DEATH PENALTY ADVERSELY AFFECTS FAMILIES OF VICTIMS AND DEFENDANTS
SUDAN: PRESIDENTIAL 'GOODWILL AMNESTY' FOR CONVICTED SPLM-N REBELS
MALAYSIA: INDIAN BEAUTICIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS
BANGLADESH: FIVE GET DEATH SENTENCE OVER HABIGANJ FARMER MURDER
NIGERIA: 25-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
PAKISTAN: FATHER IS SENTENCED TO DEATH AFTER MURDERING HIS DAUGHTER BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T BAKE 'PERFECT BREAD'
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES
BANGLADESH: TWO AHSANULLAH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS GET DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDERING CLASSMATE
KENYA: PRESIDENT KENYATTA SPARES 2,747 DEATH ROW CONVICTS FROM HANGMAN’S NOOSE
USA: U.S. EXECUTIONS NEAR A 25-YEAR LOW
IRAN: 4 EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, MURDER
IRAN: THREE PEOPLE HANGED IN SHIRAZ
CHINA: LAW EXPERTS OPPOSE SENTENCE OF IMMEDIATE EXECUTION
MALAYSIA: FILIPINA SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
PAKISTAN: SUPREME COURT SAYS SCHIZOPHRENIA NOT A MENTAL DISORDER, DISMISSES MERCY PLEA OF DEATH ROW CONVICT
GHANA: FARMER SENTENCED TO DEATH
GAZA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
EGYPT: CASSATION COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCES FOR 15 IN 2013 DEADLY ASSAULT ON KERDASA POLICE STATION
GEORGIA (USA): GREGORY PAUL LAWLER EXECUTED
IRAN: 14 PRISONERS EXECUTED ON DRUG CHARGES AT GHEZEL HESAR PRISON
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GAZA: THREE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SPYING, MURDER

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