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Category Archives: Forensic Science

Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse

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The December cover story in the American Bar Association Journal on junk fire science features two cases in which the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been closely involved: Han Tak Lee […]

Han Tak Lee’s Quarter Century Ordeal May Finally Be Over!

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On August 19, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals turned away the Monroe County District Attorney’s request to reinstate charges against Han Tak Lee. In 1990, Mr. Lee was convicted of […]

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

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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 […]

New International Wrongful Convictions Blog Debuts

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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 […]

New DNA Evidence Casts Doubt on Texas Execution

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

New Jersey Special Master Calls for Major Overhaul of Eyewitness Evidence

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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 […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Considers NAS Findings on Forensic Science

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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 […]