Last week, Valentino Dixon was released after 27 years in prison. Dixon had been convicted on second-degree murder in Buffalo, NY in 1991. Dixon’s conviction was partially the result of withheld scientific evidence: gunpowder test results from Valentino’s hands were negative, but not provided to Dixon’s defense attorneys. Other features of the case include that two […]Read More Dixon exoneration
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 […]Read More DNA Transfer
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 […]Read More Motherisk Lab in Toronto
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 […]Read More Exoneration in Arkansas
A Massachusetts judge has accepted an agreement, signed by all eleven of the state’s District Attorneys, to exclude breath test machine evidence obtained between 2011 and 2017 in tens of thousands of DUI cases. These convictions have been called into questioned because of litigation in Commonwealth v. Ananias, which showed that the Massachusetts Office of […]Read More Revisiting Breath Test Evidence in Mass.
The Texas 14th Court of Appeals recently granted relief in a DWI case for a Brady claim based on mistakes by an analyst in the Houston Forensic Science Center in the handling of a blood sample. At the trial, an analyst testified that she had analyzed the blood sample and found a BAC of .193. […]Read More DUI Reversal
Earlier this week, the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals upheld a trial court judgment preventing Douglas Prade from getting a new trial to contest his conviction for the murder of his ex-wife in 1997. Prade contended that scientific advances have revealed new evidence in his case that could cast doubt on his conviction. For […]Read More Ohio Ruling on Bitemark Evidence