$500,000 federal grant to help restart MU Innocence Clinic

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri has received a $500,000 grant that will help it restart a law clinic dedicated to investigates possible cases of wrongful conviction.

KMIZ reports that the the grant from the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice will fund the MU Innocence Clinic.

The money will pay for DNA tests on evidence involved in cases where eyewitnesses may have misidentified a suspect.

Law professor Rodney Uphoff says the school will partner with the Midwest Innocence Project, a law firm that specializes in exonerating inmates who may actually be innocent.

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