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H.AMDT. 781

An amendment numbered one printed in House Report 108-737 to allow a victim a right to bring a motion to enforce the right to be heard in plea and sentence and also allows a victim to be heard at a parole proceeding. Amendment allows for a five year time period to file a motion for a DNA test and then provides for a rebuttable presumption against the test after that. Amendment changes the standard for getting a new trial from a "preponderance of the evidence" standard to a "compelling evidence" standard. Amendment reduces the amount authorized for capital representation and prosecution grants by $25 million and limits the amount that may be used for training and effective systems at the appellate level. The amendment increases the penalties for misuse of DNA samples.

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Amends H.R. 5107

Oct 6, 2004: Passed House

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October 6, 2004
12:18 PM EDT
On agreeing to the Sensenbrenner amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
October 6, 2004
12:08 PM EDT
Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Sensenbrenner. (consideration: CR H8195-8204; text: CR H8195-8203)