Neal Robbins was convicted in the 1998 death of his girlfriend’s daughter. Robbins appealed after Texas passed a 2013 statute allowing for convictions to be overturned if “junk science” was used to convict the defendant. The question before the court was whether the law applied to whole fields that have since been discredited (such as […]
Peter Neufeld, who co-founded the Innocence Project, spoke this Friday on the radio show Here & Now. Neufeld discussed the dangers associated with assigning reliability to forensic procedures not scientifically supported including hair matching and bite mark evidence. Listen to the interview and read the highlights here.
The Washington Post examines three cases to highlight the problems with unreliable bitemark evidence. The first is a murder case from Minnesota, where the judge allowed for a bitemark expert to testify, but would not allow the expert to say that the bitemark was a positive match to the defendant. Instead, the expert was allowed […]