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New Evidence Law Giving Hope to the Innocent

A new California law is giving new hope to those in prison who have been wrongly convicted, in part, by expert testimony. The amendment to California Penal Code 1473 was passed in September of 2014, signed into law, and took effect in January of this year. The new law should make it easier for a defendant to get a conviction overturned when an expert repudiates his or her testimony. Experts may repudiate their testimony for a variety of reasons, primarily because the science or knowledge changes. Under the old law, when an expert repudiated his testimony, courts did not treat
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