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Massachusetts State Police Review Forensic Hair Analysis Cases

Posted: Oct 08, 2015 05:30 PM

Massachusetts State Police are reviewing cases in which their crime lab used forensic hair analysis, a method which the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) recently admitted is unreliable, according to WCVB 5.

Much like the FBI’s 2013 review of of cases in which its own lab technicians testified about microscopic hair comparison analysis, the Massachusetts State Police review will include cases from 1980 to 2000, when DNA analysis became more prevalent.

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Co-Defendant in Infamous 1990 New York City Subway Murder Sees Conviction Overturned

Posted: Oct 07, 2015 12:55 PM

A New York man who served 25 years in prison for his alleged involvement in a notorious 1990 subway killing cried tears of joy on Tuesday as he learned that his conviction was overturned by a state supreme court judge. 

In 1990, Johnny Hincapie was one of the seven defendants convicted in the murder case of Brian Watkins, a 22-year-old from Utah who was visiting New York with his parents to attend the U.S. Open tennis tournament. 

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Investigation Reveals Four Chicago Men Are “Likely Innocent”

Posted: Oct 06, 2015 05:15 PM

An investigation commissioned by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into cases involving former police detective Reynaldo Guevara revealed that at least four men were likely wrongly convicted due to the detective’s misconduct, according to BuzzFeed News. The investigation is currently under a court-ordered seal.

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Thousands of Texas Criminal Cases May Need DNA Retesting

Posted: Oct 05, 2015 04:50 PM

According to an article in today’s Houston Press, the Texas Department of Public Safety recently identified nearly 25,000 cases involving mixed DNA that may require retesting and could eventually result in a wave of appeals. The impetus is a change in mixture interpretation guidelines that places stricter limitations on the conclusions that can be drawn from DNA mixtures.   

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October 2 is Wrongful Conviction Day

Posted: Oct 02, 2015 01:10 PM

Today is the second annual Wrongful Conviction Day, which was launched internationally by the Association of Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC) on October 2 last year.
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