Lousiana Employing New DNA Technology to Re-Visit Cold Cases

Officials at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab have elected to employ familial searching as a means to identify close relatives of potential suspects in cold cases. Familial searching, in contrast to conventional DNA identification, uses partial matches or commonalities to identify individuals with a similar DNA profiles. This process allows law enforcement to identify relatives […]

Thousands of Convictions to be Vacated Amid Massachusettes Chemist’s Tampering Charges

The Boston Globe reports that tampering charges levied against Annie Dookhan, a former Massachusettes state chemist, will result in thousands of drug-related convictions to be vacated. Overall, Dookhan was involved in 24,000 convictions and over 40,000 cases. Only a few hundred of those convictions are set to remain. She admitted to over 24 charges of […]

Idaho Innocence Project Employs New Forensics Technique to Exonerate Two Men

Dr. Greg Hampikian, a professor in criminal justice and biology at Boise State University, came to the aid of Daryl Pinkins and Roosevelt Glen. Pinkins and Glen were sentenced to a combined 101 years in prison after they were wrongly convicted of rape. During the initial trial, the pair were excluded as potential DNA matches, but the […]

Over 2,000 Texas Inmates to be Notified of Faulty DNA Tests

  The Austin Police Crime Lab closed in June of 2016 after the state government uncovered faulty and outdated testing procedure at the facility. Approximately 2,200 Texas inmates will receive notice that DNA tests used in convictions, ranging from 2004 to 2016, could be erroneous.  Cases also include rape and murder convictions. Authorities have just begun […]

Chicago Forensic Analyst’s Tests Called Into Question

A former forensic lab analyst, whose tests were invoked in a number of convictions, has been partially discredited. Pamela Fish often told the court that her tests were inconclusive rather than exclusionary. Her lab notes indicate that many of her tests were actually exclusionary. This discrepancy played a key role in a number of convictions, […]