“Persistent Forensics Lab Problems Undermine Faith in Our Criminal Justice System”

While scientific evidence is often very compelling and can be a prosecutor’s “ace-in-the-hole,” the justice system needs to be on guard for experts who fabricate results, use shoddy testing techniques, or testify outside their areas of expertise. Recent problems with tampering and fabrication by forensic experts have lead to the review of thousands of cases. […]

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Link of Witness Misidentifications to DNA Exonerations Leads to Eyewitness Identification Reform Act

In Miami,  nine of the past twelve exonerations of a convicted person relied heavily on witness identification. This has led legislators and defense attorneys to agree that most DNA exonerations involve faulty suspect identifications. As a result, Miami legislators have introduced the Eyewitness Identification Reform Act to commission specific procedures that would strengthen lineups in identifying possible suspects. Proposed […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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