AP: Commission Has Not Met in Two Years; No Meetings Scheduled

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A state commission designed to examine cases where people are wrongfully convicted of crimes has not formally investigated any exonerations in Connecticut or suggested any reforms to state lawmakers.

An Associated Press review has found the Advisory Commission on Wrongful Convictions has not met in more than two years and there are no meetings scheduled.

The 14-member panel was created in 2003 as new DNA tests began leading to exonerations across the country.

Judicial Branch officials say the commission may no longer be needed because much of the work it’s supposed to do is now being done by the Connecticut Innocence Project of the state public defenders office.

But some say the commission is important because it’s supposed to be looking at ways to prevent wrongful convictions.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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