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Forensic Science

Vultures Pick Away At Human Corpse For Science

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.30.2012 | Science

Somewhere in Texas, people are videotaping vultures ravaging a human body. Twisted horror flick? No. Just another day in forensic science. In a pil...

BTK Trial Crime Quiz: Got What It Takes To Be A Detective?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

Serial killer Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, killed 10 people between 1974 and 1991, terrorizing residents of Wichita, Kan. During his killing...

OJ Simpson Trial Quiz: "If [Blank] Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit..."

Posted 01.10.2012 | Crime

In his glory days, O.J. Simpson was a record-setting superstar, the first NFL player ever to rush 2000 yards in a season. But on June 17, 1994, the...

Casey Anthony Trial Crime Quiz: Got What It Takes To Be A Detective?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

In one of the most closely-watched trials in years, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The saga beg...

Amanda Knox Trial Crime Quiz: Test Your Detective Skills

Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

Amanda Knox was a 20-year-old college student from Seattle studying abroad in Italy when she was accused and convicted of killing her roommate Meredit...

Texas Commission's Decision On Arson Cases Could Cause Headache For Perry

AP | By WILL WEISSERT | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas commission no longer allowed to investigate a case where death penalty opponents say a man may have been executed based on a ...

Public Records Helped Free Texas Man

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 12.06.2011 | Crime
Kenneth F. Bunting

If you care about good government and justice, now would be a good time to ask if the records that helped to free Michael Morton would be readily available under your state's public disclosure laws.

The 'Re-composer' of the Decomposed

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.15.2011 | Crime
Diane Dimond

A man died recently that I want you to know about. In his own very unique way he developed an expertise that helped bring justice to those who would otherwise never get it. His name was Frank Bender and he was the best known of a rare breed of forensic sculptors.

Radley Balko

A Fraudulent Conviction? Mississippi Woman Serving 44-Year Sentence Despite Discredited Testimony | Radley Balko | Posted 10.09.2011 | Crime

Prosecutors in the U.S. often decry what is sometimes called the "CSI Effect." Movies and TV crime dramas like the popular "CSI" franchise on CBS can ...

INTERNATIONAL ART: King Henri IV's Head Identified And Sent Back To Crypt, After Two Centuries

France24 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

AFP - He was one of France's most adored kings, a monarch known as "le bon roi Henri" (good king Henri), who promoted religious tolerance, was a hit w...

Conviction: Unvalidated Science in the Courtroom

Linda Kenney Baden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Kenney Baden

The movie Conviction is a compelling hit. It is both a condemnation of the criminal justice system and a celebration of familial love that leads ...

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...

Another Exoneration Demonstrates the Need for Criminal Justice Reform

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

A fair and accurate system not only prevents wrongful convictions, it more effectively identifies the guilty and strengthens public trust in our system of justice.

Meaningful Oversight is Necessary for Reliable Forensic Science

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

Concerns about the validity of forensic evidence have come to the fore in recent years following a series of wrongful convictions and other scandals a...

Forensic Lab Problems Cry Out for More Oversight and Quality Standards

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

A spate of recent news reports has called into question the objectivity of some forensic evidence and highlighted the need for effective oversight mec...

Texas Cannot Wait for Good Science in the Courtroom

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

The Texas Forensic Science Commission controversy is ultimately not about politics or the death penalty. At stake is the integrity of scientific evidence in Texas courtrooms, and the erosion of public confidence.

Forensic Scientist FAKED Results In Dozens Of Criminal Cases

AP | VALERIE BAUMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Prosecutors across New York had to review closed criminal cases because a now-dead forensic scientist routinely failed to perform...

Governor Rick Perry and His Texas Death Machine Are In Big Trouble

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Cameron Todd Willingham is now a free man, but unfortunately it took death to release him from the confines of his prison bars.

DNA: The Freedom Fighter (Part III of III)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

Since 2006, Maine resident Morrison Bonpasse has worked tirelessly for the exoneration of a man he had never met or even heard of until just a few years ago.

Sonnier's Release Highlights Continuing Problem

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Ernest Sonnier's release is just the latest case that highlights the ongoing problem of wrongful convictions in Texas. And writ large, it is a reminder of the continuing struggle we face to fix our nation's broken criminal justice system.

Texas Case Highlights Problems in Forensics Lab

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

Forensic science is not flawless, and its use in the criminal justice system is in great need of reform.

Report on Forensic Science Challenges Accuracy of Evidence Analyses

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diann Rust-Tierney

Many forensic methods such as hair samples and blood spatters, are often mishandled by poorly trained technicians. Thousands of people convicted on the basis of such evidence may actually be innocent.

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.