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Two hundred criminal convicts have now been exonerated by DNA testing, some after long prison terms and even sentences to death. In 75% of those cases the major flaw was eyewitness identification. We'll hear what 20 states and some 500 local jurisdictions are doing in a new effort to guarantee justice for all.  Plus, widespread destruction in Kansas, and the challenges facing France's President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy.


Photo: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Making News Will a New President Mean a New Order for France? 15 MIN, 54 SEC

Nicolas Sarkozy has been a polarizing figure in France, but as President-elect he is promising not only reform but unity.  Current President Jacques Chirac has been no friend to George Bush, especially because of his opposition to the war in Iraq.  Sarkozy does not support the war either, but he's looking for a kinder, gentler relationship. Can he accomplish his ambitious agenda at home and abroad? Unity and reform?  What does he really mean by friendship with the United States?

Guests:
Dominique Moisi, French Institute of International Relations
Molly Moore, Paris Bureau Chief for the Washington Post
Fatima Hani, Member of AC-LEFEU

Making News Kansas Hit by Deadly Tornado, More Heavy Rains 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Greensburg, Kansas, a town of 1500 people, was 90% destroyed or damaged over the weekend by the most powerful tornado to hit the US in 8 years.  Today, heavy rains have caused flooding there and in other parts of the region.  Reporter Roy Wenzl is following the story for the Wichita Eagle.

Main Topic DNA Testing and the Exoneration of the Innocent 27 MIN, 13 SEC

Since 1989, some 200 criminal convicts have been exonerated by DNA testing, some within days of execution. In 75 percent of those cases, the major flaw was eyewitness identification. Many of those exonerated were the result of the work of the Innocence Project at the Benjamin Cardozo Law School at New York’s Yeshiva University. Prosecutors all over the country are paying attention and, faced with hard evidence of wrongful convictions, 20 states and some 500 local jurisdictions are redoubling their efforts to guarantee justice for all.  We look at eyewitness identification and police interrogations that lead to confessions.

Guests:
Peter Neufeld, Co-director of the Innocence Project
Gary L. Wells, Professor of Psychology at owa State University
Dennis Fritz, Convicted man whose innocence was proved by DNA testing
Craig Watkins, District Attorney of Dallas County

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