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The Cost of Lying: For One Lab Scientist Who Fabricated Evidence, Just Two Years in Prison

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 04.19.2016 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Wrongful convictions caused by scientific misconduct have a special taint. We rely on forensic scientists to tell us about the evidence because we don't have the expertise to do their job. When scientists lie, and we believe them, everyone loses.

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

New Study Finds That State Crime Labs Are Paid Per Conviction

Radley Balko | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

I've previously written about the cognitive bias problem in state crime labs. This is the bias that can creep into the work of crime lab analysts when...

Where Is the Path Forward for Forensics? Part II

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 11.07.2012 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

When you start to look at just one case, like Donald Eugene Gates', you find out that unreliable methods and poor standards were in place. Then you find even more wrongful convictions and you realize there is a real system problem with forensics.

Landmark Decision in Nassau Crime Lab Scandal

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.26.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

No one should be rotting away in prison, sentenced from a crime based on tainted evidence. What will happen to the potentially several hundred prisoners whose cases could have been tainted by problematic testing procedures?

A Lot of Blame, But No Accountability on Nassau County Crime Lab Scandal

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.18.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Potentially several hundred cases have been tainted by the testing procedures used by the Nassau County Crime lab. What is going to happen to the individuals who are currently serving prison sentences based on problematic evidence?

Crime Labs Need Independence and Robust Oversight to Ensure Justice

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

San Francisco's top public defender, Jeff Adachi, recently called for the city's crime lab to become independent of the police department. This announ...

Screw CSI: The Chandra Levy Case Reveals, Once Again, Police Can't Find Their Asses with Both Hands

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stanton Peele

What depresses me about Law & Order is not that they expeditiously solve crimes every week through meticulous sleuthing. It's that real law enforcement, crime labs, and investigatory agencies virtually never get things right.

The Long-Awaited Call for Forensic Science Reform

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Ensuring the best and most accurate evidence makes it into the courtroom is absolutely critical to maintaining fairness and accuracy in the criminal justice system.