Texas forensics highs and lows

In Austin, the fallout continues from the Austin PD crime lab’s DNA lab, which  was shuttered this summer after a damning state audit found that analysts were using outdated techniques.  The closure has meant that people are sitting in jail longer as cases are delayed awaiting test results.  At least one sexual assault case has […]

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Houston Lab Introduces Blind Quality Controls for Toxicology

Last year, city officials officially closed the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and created in its place an independent forensic lab called the Houston Forensic Science Center.  The new lab caused quite a stir at national meetings in Washington recently when it announced that it would begin blind quality control testing in its toxicology section.  Blind quality control is […]

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Texas Reviews DNA Mixtures Cases

The Texas Forensic Science Commission announced a statewide effort to review almost 25,000 convictions involving evidence of DNA “mixtures”–DNA samples from multiple sources–dating back to 1999, as reported on this blog in September.  (The actual number of convictions ultimately in question may be twice that.)  The review was prompted when the FBI moved to a […]

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