Wyandotte County Attorney unveils conviction integrity unit
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office is opening a division to look into claims of those who say they’ve been wrongfully convicted.
The Kansas City Star reports that County Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. announced Friday during a news conference that his office expects to hire three people for the new conviction integrity unit. That includes a full-time senior attorney, a part-time investigator and a part-time assistant.
Dupree says that after a cursory review of claims, 19 deserved further examination.
Dupree has pointed to the case of Lamonte McIntyre, whose convictions for a 1994 double murder were thrown out last October, as an example of why the unit is needed.
The district attorney’s office will receive payments of about $167,000 this year and next to support the new unit.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com