Monthly Archives: September 2009

UPDATE: Texas Governor Dismisses 3 Members of Forensic Science Commission

Two days before the Texas Forensic Science Commission was to meet to review a report submitted by noted arson investigator Craig Beyler regarding the fire that led to the conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in 2004, Governor Rick … Continue reading

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New Research into Shaken Baby Syndrome Casts Serious Doubt on Validity of Science

A recent editorial in Reason Online discusses Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Over the past twenty-plus years, the SBS diagnosis has supported homicide verdicts in cases involving otherwise unexplained infant deaths. In many of these cases, the only evidence to establish … Continue reading

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Senate Judiciary Committee Considers NAS Findings on Forensic Science

Last week, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the findings of the National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. The report, published in February of this year, calls … Continue reading

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Will Texas Admit to Having Executed an Innocent Man?

A powerful piece by David Grann in The New Yorker magazine last week meticulously makes the case that, without question, when Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas, it was for a crime he not only did not commit, but … Continue reading

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First Attorney Training A Success!

On a dreary, rainy weekend, September 11 and 12, 30 attorneys met to be a part of the first “class” of volunteer lawyers for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. These lawyers, many from large firms some solo practitioners, met for 6 … Continue reading

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