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How does DNA evidence exonerate the wrongfully convicted? Part 3: How is DNA testing used to exonerate someone?

In our last two posts – Part 1 and Part 2 – we looked at what DNA is, where it is found, and how it is tested. If you have not yet read those two posts, I encourage you to do so before checking out this final post. Part 3 brings us back around to our initial question: “How does DNA evidence exonerate the wrongfully convicted?” The answer to this question is much more case-specific and requires a closer look at where the DNA was found and how it is connected to the crime.

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How does DNA evidence exonerate the wrongfully convicted? Part 2: Where can you find DNA and how is it tested?

Before jumping into this topic, it will be helpful to have a basic understanding of what DNA is – for that you can check out our last post. Armed with that knowledge, this post is focused on where DNA evidence can be found and the testing methods typically used in a criminal investigation to find a “match” with a suspect or victim.

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