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avery 92003 daily trib - State Saturday. September 20, 2003 . Conviction...
State Saturday. September 20, 2003 . Conviction to be reviewed DNA tests showed 18-year prisoner wasn't guilty MADISON (AP) The state's public integrity unit will review the investigation and prosecution of a man who spent 18 years in prison for a violent attack DNA tests later proved he did not commit, the attorney general said Friday Manitowoc County District Attorney Mark Rohrer had requested the review, and state Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager said it was meant to answer the public's questions about the handling of Steve Avery's case. "It's very easy to look using a Steve Avery historical perspective at things which were done and indicate how you might do it better," Lautenschlager said. "For us, it's an issue of determining whether or not any improprieties were had during the court of the investigation or trial." Avery, 43, of rural Two Rivers, was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 1985 on charges of first-degree sexual assault, attempted murder and false imprisonment in an attack on a 36-year-old female jogger near Two Rivers. He was convicted despite 16 witnesses who corroborated his alibi during the trial, after the victim identified him as her attacker. He was finally released from prison last week after a University of Wisconsin-Madison law-school group pushed for the DNA analysis that proved his innocence. Avery's exoneration was the first under Wisconsin's DNA-test- What's next for Steven Avery ; Associated Press Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager announced Friday that the , public integrity unit will review the prosecution and conviction of Steven : Avery, who spent 1 8 years behind bars for a violent attack that DNA f tests later proved he did not commit. He was released from prison last ; week. Here's what's next: r' The public integrity unit will review the prosecution and conviction.' Lautenschlager said she had no timeline for it to be completed. Avery has said he plans to file for compensation under a state law granting those wrongly convicted up $5,000 a year for each year in prison, up to $25,000. He had not filed as of Friday. The Assembly Judiciary Committee plans a series of hearings, like-, ly in late November or early December, to review Avery's case and the , compensation available to him. Chairman Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New , Berlin, said he expects the hearings to generate legislation seeking more compensatimn for Avery the what's currently allowed under state law. ing statute, according to the attorney general's office. Adopted in 2001, the statute requires biological evidence be preserved as long as anyone remains in custody and provides a right to post-convic tion DNA testing. Avery, who was out of town for the weekend, did not immediately return a message. Rohrer also did not immediately return a call from the AP. aoodwilteala

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  2. 20 Sep 2003, Sat,
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