- Maurice Chammah of the Marshall Project wrote a story about HB 3724 codifiying the Court of Criminal Appeals' ruling in Ex Parte Robbins titled "Old Convictions, New Science: Texas tackles debunked forensics."
- Grits had understood that Texas 2013 junk science writ was the only one of its type in the country, but Chammah's piece informed me that California passed similar legislation earlier this year.
- Here's an amicus brief from the Innocence Project of Texas urging the Court of Criminal Appeals to uphold their prior ruling in Ex Parte Robbins holding that bad scientists, not just outmoded science, could provide grounds for habeas corpus relief.
- The Christian Science Monitor this week published an important story titled "When expert testimony isn't: Tainted evidence wreaks havoc in courts, lives."
- Legislation nearing the finish line at the Texas Lege would require all forensic analysts in Texas to obtain licensure in their field by 2019.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Forensic error roundup
A few more tidbits on forensic science reform, Texas' junk science writ, new legislation clarifying its meaning, and the upcoming oral arguments next week rehearing Ex Parte Robbins.