Posted at: 07/01/2013 5:45 PM
| Updated at: 07/01/2013 6:09 PM
By: John McLoughlin
ALBANY COUNTY - These days, the use of
But few people realize that it all began in Albany County 25 years ago this month, and later this month, a ceremony will be held to mark the anniversary.
In July of 1988, for the very first time in the state and in the nation, the use of
At the time, the cops convinced the prosecutor to try to get
Wesley was charged with the vicious murder of an elderly and developmentally disabled Albany woman.
The hearings lasted for months, expert witnesses testified, including a Nobel Prize winner, and the late judge Joseph Harris, for the first time, allowed the
Wesley was convicted and sentenced to 38 years in prison
Sol Greenberg, the DA back then, understood how
Thanks to Judge Harris' ruling, 309 wrongly convicted inmates have been freed so far, thanks to the science.
Later this month, a plaque goes up outside Judge Harris' old courtroom, marking the landmark decision.