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Friday, 31 January 2014

Texas to Review Hair Analysis Cases

In the wake of a partnership between the Innocence Project, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the FBI and the Department of Justice to review microscopic hair analysis cases, the Texas Forensic Science Commission (TFSC) voted unanimously earlier this month to review state criminal convictions that included testimony on microscopic hair analysis. Texas’ planned review will make it the first state in the nation to conduct a review of cases involving this type of evidence.
Four of Texas’ twenty labs that conduct hair analysis have already submitted lists of cases where a "positive association" was made between a defendant and crime scene evidence. According to TFSC general counsel Lynn Robitaille, a database review of appeal court decisions has identified 85 cases for potential review. The Innocence Project of Texas partnered with the TFSC to identify cases that were currently waiting to be reviewed or were already processed.

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