The Justice Department announced it will be reviewing additional forensic science practices of the FBI. You can see the full article from the New York Times here.
The Washington Post published an article today discussing the decision of the Manhattan DA's Office to withdraw bite mark evidence in its case against Clarence Dean. You can find the article here. Here's the first paragraph:
The Washington Post recently published a series of articles about the questions surrounding the use of "shaken baby syndrome" as a diagnosis. Here is how the first article in the series starts:
Five days after a Houston woman was raped by two men, she was driving down the street when she spotted 16-year-old Josiah Sutton. She thought she recognized his hat, and then immediately identified him as one of her attackers. Claiming his innocence, Sutton obligingly provided investigators blood and saliva samples — but months later, in July 1999, that DNA evidence would be the linchpin in his conviction.
EJI is calling on state officials to improve access to forensic testing after Beniah Dandridge became the second EJI client exonerated and released in the past six months after long-delayed testing proved his innocence. Mr. Dandridge was released last week after a faulty fingerprint match caused him to spend 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama’s death row after being wrongfully convicted of capital murder based on a faulty bullet match. In both of these cases, state officials kept innocent men in prison for years by refusing to conduct the tests that ultimately exonerated them.
Read More »