Is there cause for a death penalty moratorium?

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What's at stake in granting inmates access to DNA testing once they're behind bars? Supporters of greater access to DNA testing cite the post conviction exonerations of 70 people in North America as proof of the importance of the test to a flawed justice system. Opponents fear frivolous requests and unending appeals in a process where finality grants relief to victims. On this edition of WWLA?, a look at California Senator John Burton's attempts to clarify this as yet uncharted and evolving area of the law. We talk to Jim Dwyer journalist and co-author with Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld of the recent book "Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution & Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted," Orange County Senior Deputy DA Dennis Bauer, Republican Assemblyman Scott Baugh and UCI Crimonology Professor William Thompson. A Reporter's Notebook with the former police commissioner of New York City looking from a distance at the LAPD Rampart scandal. And a Newsmaker segment with a Los Angeles school board member on the acting superintendent's proposed cut of nearly 1000 administrators.



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton