Category Archives: Forensic Science

Appalling Decision Making by New York Lab Leads to Destruction of Key Criminal Evidence

Management for the Monroe County, New York Public Safety Laboratory destroyed key criminal evidence in cases that led the the destruction of evidence in hundreds of cases, according to an investigation by Acting State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. The … Continue reading

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New International Wrongful Convictions Blog Debuts

Launched today, the Wrongful Convictions Blog covers any and all issues–wherever they arise in the world–related to the problem of wrongful conviction of the innocent. Edited by scholars, scientists, and attorneys, involved in the exoneration of the innocent the blog … Continue reading

Posted in Forensic Science, General, Wrongful Conviction

Marshall Hale Was Proven Innocent In 1984: Why Is He Still In Prison??

Marshall Hale has been imprisoned for 26 years for rape. The thing is, according to the Commonwealth’s forensic technician who testified at his trial, he was not the one who committed the crime. The trial testimony established that the victim … Continue reading

Posted in Case Updates, DNA Science, Forensic Science, Witness Identifications

New DNA Evidence Casts Doubt on Texas Execution

On December 7, 2000, Claude Jones was executed in Texas for the 1989 murder of a shop owner in East Texas. The evidence against Mr. Jones included a co-defendant to the crime (who later recanted his testimony), and a single … Continue reading

Posted in DNA Science, Exoneration, Forensic Science, Reform measures

Can a Prosecutors’ Office be Liable under Section 1983 for Failure to Train?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard argument in Connick v. Thompson. John Thompson was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1985 in New Orleans. He was exonerated in 2003 based on exculpatory evidence that prosecutors had concealed … Continue reading

Posted in DNA Science, Exoneration, Forensic Science, Witness Identifications

New Jersey Special Master Calls for Major Overhaul of Eyewitness Evidence

For several months, a court in New Jersey held hearings at the request of the New Jersey Supreme Court to “test the current validity” of New Jersey’s standards on the admissibility of eyewitness identification. The hearings took place over a … Continue reading

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