ERIC Number: EJ704244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
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A Waterman's Journey: Tim Junkin's Bloodsworth
Library Journal, v129 n10 p156 Jun 2004
Before he was wrongly sent to death row for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth enjoyed the life of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Convicted largely on the testimony of a seven- and a ten-year-old eyewitness, by 1989 Johnson had exhausted almost every legal option available--after winning a new trial, he was convicted a second time. Then he read the book that ultimately saved his life, Joseph Wambaugh's The Blooding, about the pioneering work being done in England with so-called genetic fingerprinting. Bloodsworth excitedly notified his lawyer, Bob Morin, and the two began a legal odyssey that, incredibly, would end with Bloodsworth's being freed based on DNA incomparability, a type of evidence unavailable to him when he was first sentenced. This article is a brief summary of the Kirk Bloodsworth story and how DNA testing made him a free man.
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland