Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

People Convicted of Crimes Could Have More Time to Appeal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

People Convicted of Crimes Could Have More Time to Appeal

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A proposal in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow people convicted of crimes more time to appeal if new evidence comes to light.

The Senate Judiciary Committed voted unanimously Tuesday to send the bill to the full Senate. It would allow people convicted of a crime more time to file a petition for post-conviction relief if new evidence or government interference was found.

Currently, people convicted of crimes have a year to appeal. After that, a person still can appeal if it is discovered that the government interfered with the original filing of the petition, new evidence is found, or the state or U.S. supreme courts grants extra time. The new bill would extend that extra time from 60 days after the discovery or ruling to a year in order to make the process more fair for those who often don't have access to an attorney or other resources. …

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