FAIRFIELD, Ohio, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Hello Truth" has meaning for Robert McClendon, DDC's (DNA Diagnostics Center) first Innocence Network exoneree who was freed through forensic DNA testing in 2008. Even more so after the April 10, 2011, DDC Forensics unveiling of DDC's newly named DNA analyzer, "Hello Truth," in honor of McClendon and his poem by the same name. Just prior to the surprise unveiling, McClendon recounted his first-person story to the many guests attending the tour of DDC Forensics as part of the 2011 Innocence Network Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio, the first gathering of international delegates and exonerees from around the United States. DDC is the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA testing in the United States and worldwide.
Japan, Norway, Chile, India, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, Canada, Poland, South Africa, Nigeria, China, Switzerland, The Netherlands, England and Singapore were among the countries represented on the tour that included DDC's laboratory and a workshop on forensic DNA evidence. The workshop focused on DNA evidence when used in post-conviction cases and how it will eventually be reviewed based on the law. Attendees were interested in learning how to partner with a laboratory, how to ensure DNA evidence presented in court meets legal requirements and what unique testing DDC has to offer.
"For many attendees this was the first time they have toured an actual DNA testing lab," Mark Godsey, director, Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project, said. "DDC has two of the top DNA Experts in the world in Dr. Michael Baird and Dr. Julie Heinig and it's unique to have DNA experts, legal expert
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