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Forensic Science Literature and Resources: Lessons to Be Learned - August 18, 2006

Sharon Begley, Inertia, Hope, Morality Score TKOs in Bouts with ’Solid Science,’ WALL STREET JOURNAL, June 6, 2003, at B1.; Located at: Wall Street Journal

Rick Casey, It’s a Crime When Science Gets It Wrong, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Sept. 18, 2005, at B1., Located at: Houston Chronicle

CNN Presents: Reasonable Doubt: Can Crime Labs be Trusted? (CNN television broadcast Nov. 5, 2005), Located at: CNN Presents

Edward Connors, Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice 1996).

Beth Daley, Foolproof Forensics?: Even Science May Not Make Verdicts Infallible, Boston Globe, June 8, 2004, at E1., Located at: Boston Globe

James M. Doyle, True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science, and the Battle Against Misidentification (Palgrave Macmillan 2005), Located at: Palgrave Macmillan

Itiel E. Dror & David Charlton, Why Experts Make Errors, 56 J. FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION 600 (2006), Located at: Journal of Forensic Idenfication

Georgann Eubanks, Overturning Wrongful Convictions, DUKE MAGAZINE, July-Aug. 2002, Located at: Duke Magazine

Paul C. Giannelli, Impact of Post-Conviction DNA Testing on Forensic Science, 35 NEW ENG. L. REV. 627 (2001), Located at: New England Law Review

Frank Green, Eyes Don't Always Have It: Eyewitnesses Can Be Sure But Still Be Wrong on ID, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, Jan. 28, 2002, at A-1, Located at: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Frank Green, Study Aims to Prevent Wrongful Convictions: It Highlights Mistaken Identification in Nine of 11 Virginia Cases, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, Mar. 30, 2005, at A1., Located at: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Links to Resources: Innocence Project Links

JUSTICE:DENIED The Magazine for the Wrongly Convicted


Reports/Studies Innocence Protection Act Press Kit

Bill Kurtis, THE DEATH PENALTY ON TRIAL: CRISIS IN AMERICAN JUSTICE (Public Affairs 2004), Located at: Public Affairs

Robin Mejia, Why We Cannot Rely on Firearm Forensics, NEW SCIENTIST, Nov. 26, 2005, at 6, Located at: New Scientist

MISJUSTICE - website with links to articles and books.

Michael and Becky Pardue, FREEING THE INNOCENT: HOW WE DID IT (2001), Located at: Justice Denied

National Conference of State Legislatures, DNA IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (last updated Apr. 14, 2006), Located at: DNA in Criminal Justice

James Randerson, Bite-Mark Evidence Can Leave a False Impression, NEW SCIENTIST, Mar. 13, 2004, at 6, Located at: New Scientist

James Randerson, Post-Mortem Drug Test Errors are Increasing, NEW SCIENTIST, Mar. 13, 2004, at 7, Located at: New Scientist

Lawrence M. Solan and Peter M. Tiersma, Falling on Deaf Ears: Scientists Say That Earwitnesses are Unreliable. Why aren’t the Courts Listening?, LEGAL AFFAIRS, Nov./Dec. 2003, at 71, Located at: Legal Affairs

Margaret Talbot, True Confessions: Two Simple Measures Could Go a Long Way Toward Ensuring that Findings of Criminal Guilt are Genuine, ATLANTIC MONTHLY, July 1, 2002, at 24, Located at: Atlantic Monthly

TRUTH IN JUSTICE -- "an educational non-profit organized to educate the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible." Website - Newsletter

Gary L. Wells, Eyewitness Identification: Systemic Reforms, 2006 WISC. L. REV. 615, Located at: Wisconsin Law Review

Other articles by Wells

Richard Willing, Police Lineups Encourage Wrong Picks, Experts Say, USA TODAY, Nov. 26, 2002, at 1A, Located at: USA Today

WRONGLY CONVICTED DATABASE INDEX Searchable and browse-able database with links to details of innocent prisoners

Forensics Under the Microscope selected articles from the CHICAGO TRIBUNE series:
  • Flynn McRoberts & Steve Mills, Digitized Prints Can Point Finger at Innocent: Handling, Quality of Image are Risks, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Jan. 3, 2005, at 1, Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Flynn McRoberts, Steve Mills & Maurice Possley, Forensics under the Microscope: Unproven Techniques Sway Courts, Erode Justice, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 17, 2004, at 1, Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Flynn McRoberts & Steve Mills, From the Start, a Faulty Science: Testimony on Bite Marks Prone to Error, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 19, 2004, at 1, Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Flynn McRoberts & Steve Mills, U.S. Seeks Review of Fingerprint Techniques, High Profile Errors Prompt Questions, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Feb. 21, 2005, at 1, Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Steve Mills, Flynn McRoberts and Maurice Possley, When Labs Falter, Defendants Pay: Bias toward Prosecution Cited in Illinois Cases, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 20, 2004, at 1., Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Maurice Possley, Arson Myths Fuel Errors: Debunked Theories Plague Fire Probes, Lead to Wrongful Arrests, Prosecutions, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 18, 2004, at 1., Located at: Chicago Tribune
  • Maurice Possley, Steve Mills and Flynn McRoberts, Scandal Touches Even Elite Labs: Flawed Work, Resistance to Scrutiny Seen Across U.S., Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2004, at 1., Located at: Chicago Tribune