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CROMARTIE V. SHEALY: ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR POSTCONVICTION DNA EVIDENCE TESTING

Madison Cumby

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In Cromartie v. Shealy, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss Cromartie’s § 1983 complaint and deny his motion for a stay of execution.  The court also denied as moot Cromartie’s emergency motion for a stay of execution.  Cromartie filed a motion asking for a new trial and DNA testing on various items that had been introduced into evidence in his trial.  In his motion, he contended that two new advancements in DNA technology would prove that one of his accomplices was the actual shooter.

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