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A man wrongly jailed for 18 years in a child rape case was released from prison Tuesday after new DNA testing cleared him of the crime.
Dwayne Allen Dail, now 39, hugged his attorney as Wayne County Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks Jr. set aside his conviction.
District Attorney Branny Vickory had asked the judge to dismiss the original charges against Dail because of the new test results. The tests showed that DNA found on the 12-year-old victim's nightgown matched that of another man already in prison. The results also excluded Dail as the rapist.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
In those cases where DNA can be a factor and can be applied to the case, there should probably be a review.
This is a sad story, but we know that justice is flawed, simply because it is a human institution.
In the natural world, there is no such thing as justice.
Justice is a human concept applied by humans to humans.
So, we can have a flawed justice system or we can have no justice system.
You would be hard pressed to find a better system anywhere on Earth.
But flawed or not, we should have the best system possible.
[edit on 2007/8/21 by GradyPhilpott]