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"Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method," by Virginia Hughes, New York Times, May 31, 2021
"He was executed for murder 4 years ago. Now someone else's DNA has been found on the murder weapon," by Dakin Andone, Martin Savidge, and Maria Cartaya, CNN, May 22, 2021
"How Detectives Caught the Golden State Killer—and Unleashed a Catastrophe for Civil Liberties," by Paul Detrick, Reason, May 12, 2021
"Four years after a man’s execution, lawyers say DNA from the murder weapon points to someone else," by Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, May 04, 2021
"When Forensic Evidence Convicts the Innocent," by Michael Gelb, The Crime Report, May 03, 2021
"To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course," by Virginia Hughes, New York Times, May 03, 2021
"DNA Testing," Courthouse News Service, April 22, 2021
"Editorial: Court Got It Right on DNA Evidence," by Law Journal Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal, April 11, 2021
"Doctor removed from expert role in diagnosing child abuse amid questions about her credibility," by Mike Hixenbaugh and Taylor Mirfendereski, NBC News, March 25, 2021
"Ballistics work at D.C.’s crime lab criticized by forensic experts," by Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, March 26, 2021
"Rollins Promises To Vacate More Convictions Because Of Mass. Drug Lab Scandal," by Deborah Becker, WBUR, March 22, 2021
"Texas Rangers stop using hypnosis after Dallas Morning News investigation reveals dubious science," by Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News, March 11, 2021
"Powerful DNA Software Used in Hundreds of Criminal Cases Faces New Scrutiny," by Lauren Kirchner, The Markup, March 09, 2021
"Why Are Prosecutors Keeping a Huge, Secretive DNA Database in Orange County?," by Emma Ockerman, VICE, February 26, 2021
"Opinion: Study finds cognitive bias in how medical examiners evaluate child deaths," by Radley Balko, Washington Post, February 20, 2021