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The Davidson County District Attorney General’s office announced Friday that it will officially open a new investigation to review the case of a Nashville man who claims he's been wrongfully incarcerated for more than a decade.

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The Nashville District Attorney's office has a special unit with a lofty goal: to re-open old cases, figure out if someone was wrongfully convicted, and get innocent people out of prison. But a WPLN investigation has found that two years into its creation, the Conviction Review Unit has yet to re-open a case.

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State lawmakers are considering a plan that public defenders say could gut their funding in Tennessee’s four biggest cities. The proposal would roll back a 23-year-old law that has tied the budgets of defenders to those of prosecutors.