Children’s Hospital Lab Falls Short of Forensic-Testing Standard

An independent investigation found that the Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children forensic lab did not meet forensic-testing standards for hair-strand drug and alcohol testing. As a result, ten years’ worth of results are being questioned as valid. These labs results were used in countless child-protection proceedings and criminal proceedings. A commissioner has been appointed to assist individuals who […]

Federal court in Pennsylvania allows the re-sentencing of a man who plead guilty due to an invalid hair comparison analysis report

In an uncontested motion, defendant John Flick moved to vacate, set aside or correct his sentence for a 1999 conviction of five counts of armed bank robbery and one count of the use of a firearm in a crime of violence. In May 2015, the Department of Justice announced that hair comparison results prior to […]

Ronjon Cameron: Forensic Expert Testimony Leads to False Conviction

Boston’s NPR News Station WBUR reported today and yesterday on the story of Ronjon Cameron who was convicted of charges of rape in 2003. The two major pieces of evidence against Cameron were DNA evidence and the victim’s identification. There were two samples of DNA evidence obtained from the victim’s underwear: the first sample, which contained two […]

Follow Up: Defendant’s Request for Software Denied

In October, we wrote about Michael Robinson, a defendant who requested the software behind the DNA analysis tool used to identify Robinson as the perpetrator of a double-homicide. An expert witness, Dr. Perlin, who developed the technology, is expected to testify in the case. Dr. Perlin told the judge that releasing this information would cause […]

Georgia court orders DNA testing in 1976 murder case

Johnny Lee Gates was convicted in 1977 of the rape and murder of 19-year-old Katharina Gertrude Wright. He initially confessed to the crime, although the confession was inconsistent with the physical evidence found at the crime scene. Also, a witness said that she saw a white man running from the building where the crime occurred and […]

DNA Between Victim and Suspect’s Relative Leads to Arrest

A string of 34 rapes between 1995 and 2001 remained unsolved until this past week when a suspect was arrested. The suspect was initially arrested after a DNA match was found between DNA left on a victim and DNA of his brother who was listed in a French criminal database. After his arrest, his DNA […]

The Revival of the Massachusetts Forensic Crime Laboratory

In 2011 the Massachusetts stripped of its accreditation. This also resulted in the lab losing its access to CODIS, the FBI database that lists over 12 million offender profiles. With a 12,000 case backlog, the state lab was in crisis. In 2013, a 17-person committee was made to address the backlog and the state lab […]