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"FBI Testimony on Microscopic Hair Analysis Contained Errors in at least 90% of Cases in Ongoing Review: 26 of 28 FBI Analysts Provided Testimony or Reports with Errors," Joint NACDL News Release, April 20, 2015.

" Missouri man executed after faulty hair testimony; prosecutors say plenty of other evidence of guilt," by Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 22, 2015.

"The FBI convicted this man using hair analysis. It was a dog’s hair.," by Daniel Rivero, Fusion, April 21, 2015.

"Defense Lawyers Group Leads Push for Change After Scathing FBI Report," by Rob Stott, Associations Now, April 21, 2015.

"A brief history of forensics," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, April 21, 2015.

"After FBI admits overstating forensic hair matches, focus turns to cases," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, April 20, 2015.

"Editorial: 152 Innocents, Marked for Death," The New York Times, April 13, 2015.

"Scientists suspended as State Police DNA scandal deepens," by Brendan J. Lyons, The Albany Times Union, April 12, 2015.

"A bite mark matching advocacy group just conducted a study that discredits bite mark evidence," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, April 8, 2015.

"Jolly Ranchers, Sage and Breath Mints: A closer look at a favorite (and unreliable) law-enforcement tool: drug field tests.," by Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project, April 2, 2015.

"Wisconsin implements expanded DNA testing," by Bob Hague, Wisconsin Radio Network, April 1, 2015.

"Technician, boss in SFPD lab scandal flunked DNA skills exam," by Jaxon Van Derbeken, The San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2015.

"Room for Debate: Robert Durst, Handwriting and Judging Forensic Science," The New York Times, March 30, 2015.

"Omaha prosecutors' memo delves into crime lab controversies over suspended director, fingerprint evidence," by Todd Cooper, The Omaha World-Herald, March 29, 2015.

"Sacramento Democrat wants DNA collection for drug misdemeanors, shoplifting," Southern California Public Radio, March 23, 2015.

"Bill seeks to preserve, protect DNA for use in court cases," by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, March 16, 2015.

"Editorial: D.C.’s new crime lab goes under the microscope," The Washington Post, March 11, 2015.

"Prosecutors criticize D.C. crime lab’s handling of some DNA evidence," by Keith L. Alexander, The Washington Post, March 5, 2015.

"D.C. to pay $9.2 million in wrongful conviction," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, February 28, 2015.

"The path forward on bite mark matching — and the rearview mirror," by Radley Balko, February 20, 2015.

"Attack of the bite mark matchers," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, February 18, 2015.

"It literally started with a witch hunt: A history of bite mark evidence," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, February 18, 2015.

"How the flawed ‘science’ of bite mark analysis has sent innocent people to prison," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, February 18, 2015.

"Suspected drugs were vitamins, but Mankato man spent months in jail," KMSP, February 17, 2015.

"New York’s Chief Medical Examiner Seeks to Lead in DNA Research," by J. David Goodman, The New York Times, February 9, 2015.

"Judge Rakoff returns to forensic panel after Justice Department backs off decision," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, January 30, 2015.

"Federal Judge Quits Panel Over Proposed Evidence Rules," by Devlin Barrett, The Wall Street Journal, January 29, 2015.

"Exonerations of U.S. criminals hit record in 2014: study," by Mary Wisniewski, Reuters, January 27, 2015.

"Houston crime lab labeling errors led to dropped DWI charges," Grits for Breakfast, January 26, 2015.

"ACLU argues for drug-crime defendants in Annie Dookhan saga," Phillip Marcelo, The Associated Press, January 9, 2015.

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