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Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Denver Man, Accused of Rape Due to Mishandled DNA, Has Lawsuit Dismissed by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Shawnnon Hale, 24, wrongful accused of felony rape and jailed for 61 days, was released from custody in Denver, Colorado in early 2015 when the police crime lab acknowledged it had mislabeled ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Ohio State Criminal Convictions Threatened by Evidence Technician’s Misconduct by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Recent court filings make it clear that G. Michele Yezzo, an evidence technician for 33 years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), had a long history of behavioral problems that ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Defense Attorneys Seek Access to DNA-Matching Software’s Source Code by Matthew Clarke TrueAllele DNA testing software has been employed in hundreds of criminal cases around the country since 2009. The software is used to analyze evidence containing mixtures of genetic material and determine whether it contains a match to a ...
Publication • 2016
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General - Investigative Report Pursuant to Commonwealth v. Cotto, 2016 Office of the Attorney General Commonwealth of Massachusetts Maura Healey Attorney General Investigative Report Pursuant to Commonwealth v. Cotto, 471 Mass. 97 (2015) April 1, 2016 I. Introduction In April 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial ...
$4.2 Million for Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Denied Exculpatory Evidence by $4.2 Million for Wrongfully Convicted Illinois Man Denied Exculpatory Evidence A $4.2 million settlement has been reached in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a wrongfully convicted Illinois man. Maurice Patterson was convicted of a 2002 murder and spent ...
Article • May 6, 2015 • from PLN May, 2015
Accuracy of Widely-Used Polygraph Machine Under Fire by Derek Gilna In the hands of a skilled operator, such as the late John Reid of John E. Reid and Associates, one of the early pioneers in the lie detection field, the polygraph can be a useful tool. Reid, along with noted ...
Crime Labs Still in Crisis by Matthew Clarke Crime Labs Still in Crisis by Matt Clarke The October 2010 Prison Legal News cover story, “Crime Labs in Crisis: Shoddy Forensics Used to Secure Convictions,” provided an extensive examination of problems at crime labs nationwide. Apparently, and unfortunately, little has changed ...
Article • April 8, 2015 • from PLN April, 2015
Lost and Improperly Destroyed Evidence Thwarts Post-Conviction DNA Testing by Matthew Clarke Lost and Improperly Destroyed Evidence Thwarts Post-Conviction DNA Testing by Matt Clarke While crime labs across the country have been in the news for improper testing of forensic evidence in criminal cases, the problem with misplaced and improperly ...
Article • March 5, 2015 • from PLN March, 2015
Texas Court Reexamines Test for Misconduct by Forensic Scientist by Mark Wilson Texas Court Reexamines Test for Misconduct by Forensic Scientist by Mark Wilson On January 15, 2014, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals modified its earlier decisions in which it had presumed that evidence handled by a forensic scientist ...
Article • January 15, 2015
Houston Settles Wrongful Conviction Suit for $3 Million by Houston Settles Wrongful Conviction Suit for $3 Million by Matt Clarke On November 2, 2012, the City of Houston, Texas agreed to settle a lawsuit arising out of the wrongful conviction for rape and imprisonment for 17 years of George Rodriguez. ...
Publication • July 1, 2014
Assessment of the 1996 DOJ Review of the FBI Laboratory An Assessment of the 1996 Department of Justice Task Force Review of the FBI Laboratory U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General July 2014 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY1 This is the third review by the Office of the Inspector General ...
Article • June 15, 2013 • from PLN June, 2013
Oregon State Police Handwriting Analysis Unit Closed, under Investigation by "We don't know if it's one isolated case or there are going to be others," said Oregon State Police (OSP) Lt. Gregg Hastings, when he announced that OSP handwriting examiners had made a mistake in a criminal case. In March ...
Article • January 15, 2013 • from PLN January, 2013
Scientific Advances in Arson Investigations Reveal Wrongful Convictions by Michael Rigby by Mike Rigby Current scientific knowledge is shattering the long-held traditional beliefs of arson investigators and exposing wrongful convictions in the process. Still, old-school fire inspectors, detectives and even some judges have been slow to embrace new scientific methods ...
Article • December 15, 2012 • from PLN December, 2012
Misconduct at U.S. Army Lab Taints Hundreds of Military Prosecutions by Derek Gilna Pentagon investigators are looking into allegations that an analyst at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) botched hundreds of DNA tests, casting doubt about lab results in hundreds of prosecutions. An accused soldier who was forced ...
Oklahoma City Not Liable for Wrongful Conviction Resulting from Falsified Forensic Evidence by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that Oklahoma City can not be held liable for the actions of disgraced forensic chemist Joyce A. Gilchrist, who was employed in the city’s ...
31,000 Criminal Cases Under Review After Detroit Crime Lab Closes by After the police crime lab in Detroit, Michigan was found to have provided faulty firearm ballistics evidence in criminal cases, the lab was closed in 2008. A subsequent review of around 31,000 firearm-related prosecutions was deemed “admittedly impossible work,” ...
Problems at North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab by Recent revelations of shoddy blood analysis at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) crime lab led to an investigation that uncovered at least 190 cases of serious blood work errors in criminal cases. Those cases included three ...
Article • December 15, 2011 • from PLN December, 2011
Northern California Private Pathology Company Under Scrutiny by A shortage of forensic pathologists in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation has led to the growth of private for-profit forensics companies. Forensic Medical Group (FMG) is one of those companies. FMG, which employs five doctors, conducts all the autopsies for ...
Article • May 15, 2010 • from PLN May, 2010
17,698 DNA Profiles Missing from Wisconsin Database by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In September 2009, Wisconsin officials discovered that the profiles of 17,698 convicted felons were missing from the state’s DNA database. An investigation into Milwaukee serial killer suspect Walter E. Ellis revealed that his DNA was not in ...
Supreme Court: No Due Process Right to Post-Conviction DNA Testing by On March 2, 2009, the United States Supreme Court ruled that there is no federal substantive due process right to post-conviction DNA testing. William G. Osborne, an Alaska state prisoner, was convicted of a 1993 kidnapping, assault and sexual ...
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