Law: DNA On Trial: Mixed results for genetic tests

Mixed results for genetic tests

The strange tale made banner headlines and gripping TV in 1985. Filled with remorse, Cathleen Crowell Webb publicly declared that Gary Dotson was not the rapist her testimony sent to prison in 1979. In fact, she said, there was no rape; she made up the whole story out of fear that she might be pregnant by her boyfriend. The best Dotson could obtain from that admission was a commutation of the remainder of his 25-to-50-year sentence. Last week, however, his name was finally cleared as Illinois prosecutors dropped all charges against him after a state judge ordered a new trial. The...

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