Wrongful Convictions Have Touched Japan

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Wrongful convictions have even touched Japan. A man by the name of Govinda Prasad Mainali had spent 15 years in jail for a murder that in no way did he commit. He was convicted back in 2000 of the murder of a Japanese woman.(BBC) During his trial, there never was a DNA test done on the evidence that was collected under the victim’s fingernails, hair and body. Mainali was convicted of the crime because of association; since he knew the victim very well and even lived near her, the prosecution was able to prove his guilt with little to no physical evidence. In 2005 though, after an appeal by Mainali, a DNA test was completed on the semen that was found within and on the victim and it was not a match to Mainali, therefore he was…show more content…
Australia on the other hand is just starting to get their feet on the ground when it comes to wrongful convictions, especially with DNA exonerations. Just in 2013, Southern Australia had passed legislation that now allows for a second or subsequent post-conviction appeal if the court will be satisfied and there is fresh and compelling evidence that should be considered. In 2010 in New South Wales and Queensland, they have recently introduced DNA innocence testing in legislative and guideline forms. In Australia, there was a man by the name of Frank Button who was convicted of rape in 2000. (Weathered: 1411) Button is considered to be the first wrongfully convicted person to be exonerated by DNA evidence within Australia. Button was convicted due to original DNA that was found at the crime scene, even though that Button had lived in the home in which the rape had occurred; therefore, it should not have been unusual or suspicious that his DNA was present.(Weathered: 1412) During the trial, it was said that Buttons DNA was found exactly on the bedsheets from where the rape had occurred, but later on
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