Word reaches us within the past hour the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 to approve the Innocence Protection Act substitute amendment. Sens. Specter and Brownback were the 2 Republicans joining all 10 Democrats on the committee. Thanks to Kyle O'Dowd, Legislative Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for the update.
Focus now shifts to the House Judiciary Committee. For more info, check out our action alert from last week, which includes this link to Senator Leahy's statement on the compromise bill.