The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Texas death row inmate should have access to evidence for DNA testing that he says could clear him of three murders.
The justices said Monday they will use the case of Hank Skinner to decide whether prison inmates may use a federal civil rights law to do DNA testing that was not performed prior to their conviction.
The circumstantial evidence in this case appears to be very strong against the convicted defendant.
However, that being said,DNA testing should be used in all murder trials, to avoid the possibility of false conviction, imprisonment and execution.
The number of people exonerated by DNA evidence should be a colossal embarrassment for both state and federal justice systems, and the use of such testing should be a standard procedure in all murder cases.