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Innocence Project to make NY push

The Innocence Project and other advocates will make a strong push during the final three weeks of the legislative session to get New York lawmakers to act to prevent wrongful convictions.

They will kick off the effort with a news conference Wednesday at the State Capitol, featuring one of the Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape in an infamous 2006 case.

Activists say New York has the third-highest number of wrongful convictions nationwide. But they failed earlier this year get a series of bills they favor into a package of legislation that included the expansion of the state’s criminal DNA database.

Innocence Project codirector Barry Scheck and others are calling for changes they say will prevent misidentifications and false confessions, two of the leading causes of wrongful convictions. The state legislature is slated to adjourn June 21.

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