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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 • July 20, 2017
Guilty Plea Does Not Foreclose Oregon DNA Testing Request; No Credibility Findings at Appointment of Counsel Stage by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's refusal to appoint counsel on a request for DNA testing, twice. The court instructed that a guilty plea ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: DNA Testing/Samples
Texas Forensic Science Commission Addresses Problem with DNA Testing Protocols by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke The mission of the Texas Forensic Science Commission (TFSC) is to set standards for the use of scientific evidence in the state’s criminal justice system. In investigating the proper standards for DNA testing during ...
Brief • April 28, 2017
USA v. Odom, DC, Mot for Post-Conviction DNA Test, Wrongful Conviction Rape, 2011 SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMB 1A. Criminal Division — Felony Division UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. Criminal No. F-2473-81 (CLOSED) KIRK L. ODOM MOTION FOR POST-CONVICTION DNA TESTING UNDER THE INNOCENCE PROTECTION ACT Kirk L. ...
Brief • April 10, 2017
Davis and Northrop v. Clark County, WA, Amended Complaint, Wrongful Incarceration, 2013 Case 3:12-cv-05765-RJB Document 22 Filed 06/07/13 Page 1 of 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 9 LARRY DAVIS individually, and ALAN NORTHROP individually, v. 11 ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
COA Not Required for Innocence Protection Act Appeals by The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held last year that a Certificate of Appealability is not required to appeal the denial of a motion for DNA testing pursuant to the Innocence Protection Act (IPA), though the Court affirmed the denial of ...
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 ...
Illinois: DNA Evidence Exonerates One Man, Implicates Another by On September 28, 2016, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced charges against convicted murderer Osborne Wade, 42, in connection with the brutal sexual assault and murder of a child in 1992. The charges followed an extensive investigation by the State’s ...
Widespread Failures at Crime Labs Continue to Plague Criminal Justice System by Derek Gilna Crime labs nationwide continue to face seemingly intractable problems – particularly in terms of unreliable forensic evidence testing and being influenced by law enforcement and prosecutorial bias. Despite efforts at reform, and efforts to implement technological ...
Few Oklahoma Exonerees Paid for Their Wrongful Incarceration by Matthew Clarke Despite Oklahoma having a wrongful-conviction compensation statute on the books since 2003, few exonerees in that state have received payment. One example of the battles exonerees face is the case of Greg Wilhoit, who was sentenced to death for ...
Illinois Man Falsely Convicted of Rape Released After 20 Years by Matthew Clarke On March 9, 2015, the rape and kidnapping charges against Angel Gonzalez that had held him in prison for nearly 20 years were dismissed. He had been exonerated by DNA evidence. However, he was not immediately released ...
“Demons” Push Chris Conover to Suicide 12 Years after Release by Release from prison is a great relief, and that is especially so for wrongfully convicted persons. The future, however, is wrought with difficulties, obstacles, and prejudice. For Chris Conover, it was a burden that overwhelmed him, pushing him to ...
Exonerated Prisoner Appointed to Connecticut’s Parole Board by Christopher Zoukis In an unusual turn of events, a former prisoner was appointed to Connecticut’s Parole Board. While ex-prisoners are typically not considered as parole board members, state officials decided that Kenneth F. Ireland was a qualified candidate. In 1989, when he ...
Wisconsin: Wrongfully Convicted Former Prisoner Receives $6.5 Million by Chaunte D. Ott received a $6.5 million settlement from the City of Milwaukee for spending over 12 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, after being cleared by DNA evidence that connected the crime to a serial killer. Ott, now ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Federal Bureau of Prisons claims DNA backlog no longer exists by Derek Gilna A recent announcement by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) stated that it had eliminated a previous backlog of over 90,000 prisoners DNA test results. However, a Florida congressman who had drawn attention to the backlog, while ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Florida: DNA Mix-Up Calls Rapist's Conviction Into Question by When the FBI informed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that it had a recent "hit" on the DNA of convicted rapist Andrew Lingard, the FDLE realized that something was amiss, because Lingard has been in prison for the last ...
Texas Man Exonerated By DNA Test He Didn't Request by Matthew Clarke A Texas man, Michael Phillips, 57, recently became the first person to be cleared of a crime by DNA testing he did not request. Phillips was accused of raping a white teenage girl at a Dallas motel in ...
Article • August 10, 2016
U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. Creates Unit to Investigate Flawed Convictions by Derek Gilna The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia has set up the first federal unit nationwide unit to internally identify, investigate, and possible wrongful convictions, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. said.  “This new unit will ...
Article • August 9, 2016
Urban Institute Published Report on Post-Conviction DNA Testing and Wrongful Conviction by Paresh Patel For decades, law enforcement investigations used forensic evidence (i.e. fingerprints, DNA, and ballistics) to include or eliminate suspects. Scientific advances and improvement in forensic analysis have helped to exonerate those convicted of serious crimes. In many ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Improving the Practice and Use of Forensic Science - A Policy Review, The Justice Project, 2008 THE JUSTICE PROJECT Improving the Practice and Use of Forensic Science A Policy Review The erroneous testimony of a forensic analyst helped convict Brandon Moon for a rape he did not commit. The botched ...
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