Henning and Birch Cases in CT

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in the cases of Shawn Henning and Ralph Birch. The two men, convicted of murder in 1989, seek vacatur of their convictions based on (1) recent DNA test results that exclude them and (2) evidence that the testimony of a forensic scientist, Henry Lee, was false. […]

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Dangers of DNA Testing Op-ed

Last month, Professor Greg Hampikan of Boise State University wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled “The Dangers of DNA Testing.” Hampikan described a recently-published NIST study of US and Canadian crime labs that gave them a fictionalized crime and DNA mixture to analyze that contained DNA from two of three suspects. Over […]

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Amicus Brief in Long v. Hooks

Today, a group of amici scholars representing a variety of disciplines, including law, ethics, forensic science, medicine, and statistics, filed an amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals case of Long v. Hooks.  The brief can be read here: 18-6980, Long v. Hooks, Amici Curiae Brief in Support Appellant Summarizing the argument, the […]

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The Wisconsin State Department of Justice received a report from the National Forensic Science Technology Center at Florida International University examining the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. The issues identified include employee turnover that disrupts lab timeliness in testing and incidences of failure for the crime lab to follow procedures about which samples to accept. The […]

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DNA Transfer

Marina Medvin published a new article Thursday titled “Framed By Your Own Cells: How DNA Evidence Imprisons The Innocent.” Medvin argues that new technologies that allow DNA to be analyzed from increasingly small samples present a risk of error due to transfer. She warns that current FBI standards for DNA analysis do not safeguard against […]

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Motherisk Lab in Toronto

Rachel Mendleson of the Toronto Star published an investigative article last week detailing how the Motherisk scandal is still affecting the life of a mother whose child was wrongfully removed from their home. In 2015, the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory was closed because its tests were being conducted by analysts without forensic training and it […]

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Exoneration in Arkansas

On Wednesday, John Brown was released from prison in Arkansas after his convictions were overturned by a Federal District Court in Arkansas last month. Brown had been convicted of aggravated robbery, rape, and murder in 1988. He had served twenty-eight years of a life sentence. Although prosecutors in Arkansas have appealed the overturning of the […]

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