CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has signed a bill into law that expands the length of time wrongfully convicted people have to introduce exonerating evidence.
In Wyoming, people convicted of crimes had a two-year window in which they could present non-DNA evidence in an effort to have their conviction overturned.
The Casper Star-Tribune <a target=”—blank” href=”http://trib.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/new-law-will-make-it-easier-for-wrongfully-accused-to/article%E2%80%94a48f8f8a-d65f-5f73-a0c0-38a44c96267c.html”>reports</a> that after that time period, they could only introduce DNA evidence to fight their conviction.
The new law eliminates that two-year limit, allowing wrongfully convicted people to introduce non-DNA evidence at any point.
The Innocence Project is a nonprofit that provides legal help to wrongfully convicted people.
The organization says the new law will help the innocent get justice and help law enforcement identify the person who actually committed the crime.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.trib.com”>http://www.trib.com</a>