Education & Training


Hot Topics - Crime Labs Questioned

Darren E. Haliniewski, Demris A. Lee, Suzanne M. Barritt, Brion C. Smith, Mark Leney & Thomas D. Holland, The Implementation and Evaluation of a Blind Proficiency Testing Program, AAFS 58TH ANNUAL MEETING, Feb. 20-25, 2006, Located at: AAFS

Sheri H. Mecklenburg, Betty Layne DesPortes & Peter J. Neufeld, Crisis Management in the Lab: Legal Considerations in Conducting Audits and Other Investigations, AAFS 58TH ANNUAL MEETING, Feb. 20-25, 2006, Located at: AAFS

Christopher J. Plourd, The Elephant in the Crime Laboratory: Negligence, Serious Misconduct, and Fraud; The Ray Krone and Other Horror Stories, AAFS 58TH ANNUAL MEETING, Feb. 20-25, 2006, Located at: AAFS

HPDLABINVESTIGATION.ORG, website of the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room (Michael R. Bromwich), includes the FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD REPORTS OF THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR FOR THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME LABORATORY AND PROPERTY ROOM, as well as press releases and other information, Located at: HPD Lab Investigation

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

Eric Lichtblau, F.B.I. Abandons Disputed Test for Bullets from Crime Scenes, NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 2, 2005, at A12, Located at: NY Times

Andrew Tilghman, A Case Study: Backlog on DNA Testing May Have Hurt Public; Prosecutors Say Rapist Committed Another Crime During a Delay of 1 1/2 Years, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, June 17, 2005, at A1, Located at: Houston Chronicle

Steve McVicker & Ron Nissimov, HPD Lab Probe Gets New Set of Eyes, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Mar. 30, 2005, Located at: Houston Chronicle

Flynn McRoberts and Steve Mills, U.S. Seeks Review of Fingerprint Techniques: High-Profile Errors Prompt Questions, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Feb. 21, 2005, at CN1 (Part of the series Tribune Investigative Report: Forensics Under the Microscope), Located at: Chicago Tribune

Laurel P. Gorman, The Brady Solution: A Due Process Remedy for Those Convicted With Evidence From Faulty Crime Labs (The Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project), 39 U.S.F. L. REV. 725 (2005), Located at: U.S.F. Law Review

Maurice Possley, Steve Mills & Flynn McRoberts, Scandal Touches Even Elite Labs: Flawed Work, Resistance to Scrutiny Seen Across U.S., CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Oct. 21, 2004, at C1, 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 C1 (Part of the series Tribune Investigative Report: Forensics Under the Microscope), Located at: Chicago Tribune

Eric Lichtblau, National Briefing Washington: Scientist Falsified DNA Reports, NEW YORK TIMES, May 19, 2004, at A21, Located at: NY Times

A Year of Scandals with Forensic Evidence, WASHINGTON POST, July 27, 2003, at A5, Located at: Washington Post

Robert Tanner, The Nation: Crime Labs Stained by a Shadow of Doubt: Although Only a Few Convictions Have Been Overturned Because of Errors, Critics Want Facilities to be Accredited, LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 13, 2003, at A18, Los Angeles Times

John Solomon, FBI Crime Lab's Analysis Again Under Microscope, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Apr. 16, 2003, at A8, Located at: Houston Chronicle

Roma Khanna, HPD Chief Proposes Independently Run Crime Lab, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Apr. 03, 2003, at A1, Located at: Houston Chronicle

Lianne Hart, The Nation: DNA Lab's Woes Cast Doubt on 68 Prison Terms: Forensic Science at a Houston Police Unit Was Plagued By Problems: The Inmates for Whom Retesting is Ordered Include 17 on Death Row, LOS ANGELES TIMES, Mar. 31, 2003, at A19, Located at: Los Angeles Times

M.J. Saks, D.M. Risinger, R. Rosenthal & W.C. Thompson, Context Effect in Forensic Science: A Review and Application of the Science of Science to Crime Laboratory Practice in the United States, 43 SCI. & JUST. 77 (2003), Located at: Science and Justice

Adam Liptak, 2 States to Review Lab Work Of Expert Who Erred on ID, NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 19, 2002, at A24, Located at: NY Times