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Washington D.C. Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Kevin Martin spent 26 years behind bars for a wrongful murder conviction until a Washington D.C. Superior Court judge exonerated him on Monday, citing new DNA evidence that ultimately proved Martin’s innocence. In 1982, 19-year-old Ursula C. Brown was abducted,

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Advance Forensic Science Reform

On February 12, 2014, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller introduced The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014 to improve forensic science reform efforts by prioritizing scientific research and supporting long-term cooperation between scientists and various members of the criminal

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Bite Mark Evidence Questioned After Convictions Overturned

Bite mark evidence is the latest forensic science technique coming under fire, after a New Jersey man’s murder conviction was overturned based on DNA evidence. Gerald Richardson was convicted of a brutal murder in 1995 after a forensic dentist testified

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DNA Evidence Discredits Murder Conviction of Washington D.C. Man

Prosecutors have agreed that the murder conviction of Cleveland Wright, 55, should be dismissed due to DNA testing that exonerated his co-defendant in 2012. In 1978, Wright and his childhood friend Santae Tribble were accused and charged for murdering two

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Members of National Commission on Forensic Science Announced

The Department of Justice and Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced more than 30 members of the newly formed National Commission on Forensic Science. The commission aims to strengthen the validity and reliability of forensic

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DOJ Waives Procedural Bars in FBI Review of Hair Analysis Convictions

The Department of Justice recently agreed to waive procedural bars to re-open and review more than 2,000 criminal cases between 1985 and 2000 in which the FBI conducted microscopic hair analysis of crime scene evidence. This comes after three men were exonerated

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George Souliotes Freed

Northern California Innocence Project client George Souliotes walked out of a Stanislaus County Jail Wednesday a free man, after his attorneys from NCIP, Morrison & Foerster, LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP successfully negotiated an agreement to secure his

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NCIP Client George Souliotes to Be Retried

NCIP and Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe client George Souliotes, whose conviction was overturned last month after he demonstrated “actual innocence,” will be retried, Stanislaus County prosecutors announced Monday. Read the LA Times story here.

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Innocent man’s conviction stands even though forensic evidence discredited

The California Supreme Court refused to overturn the conviction of William Richards, 63, even though the forensic evidence used to convict him of murdering his wife has been discredited. Richards, who is serving a life sentence, was convicted using a

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Indiana Woman Released on Bail Pending New Trial

Kristine Bunch was recently released on $5,000 bail after she was granted a new trial earlier this month. (Read more here.) Bunch was convicted in 1996 of setting a fire that killed her 3-year-old son. However, new fire science suggested

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