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Constitutional Law Keyed to Shanor
District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne
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William Osborne (Osborne) was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault in 1993. Osborne admitted guilt to the crime and was subsequently released on parole. After being charged for another crime, Osborne requested DNA testing for the 1993 crime. Osborne confessed that he asked his lawyer to request the DNA testing, but his lawyer did not do so due to the fear that the DNA results would confirm Osborne’s conviction. Osborne claimed that he admitted to guilt because he wanted a quicker release. The appellate court denied Osborne’s request because he failed to ask for the DNA testing at the 1993 trial. The Federal District Court overturned the appellate court’s decision and allowed DNA testing. The Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed and the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari.
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