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"Forensic Crime Labs Are A Mess. What Happened?," by Colin Lecher, POPSCI, December 27, 2012.

"A Massive Mess of Forensics," by Radley Balko, The Huffington Post, December 26, 2012.

"Review of FBI forensics does not extend to federally trained state, local examiners," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, December 22, 2012.

"Dismissed Case Raised Questions On Shaken Baby Diagnosis," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, December 21, 2012.

"Final court arguments made in St. Paul crime lab hearing," by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, December 19, 2012.

"Ex-Crime Lab Supervisors Sue Texas DA, Claim Pointing to Booze Breath-Test Issues led to Retaliation," by Martha Neil, ABA Journal, December 18, 2012.

"Massachusetts: Chemist for the State Is Indicted," The Associated Press, December 17, 2012.

"Helping Decide Guilt or Innocence," by Liz Robbins, The New York Times, December 15, 2012.

"D.C. judge exonerates Santae Tribble in 1978 murder, cites hair evidence DNA test rejected," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, December 14, 2012.

"Behind Boston crime lab chemist's alleged deceptions," CBS News, December 14, 2012.

"Editorial: Santae Tribble finds justice still delayed," The Washington Post, December 13, 2012.

"Defense attorneys decry retested evidence from St. Paul crime lab," by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, December 5, 2012.

"Crime Lab Chemist Allegedly Tampered with Evidence for Years," The Take Away, December 3, 2012.

"FYI: What DO Forensic Chemists Do, And Why Would They Cheat?," by Krislyn Placide, PopSci, December 3, 2012.

"Father Acquitted of Murder Asks Why Daughter Is Still in Prison," by Brandi Grissom, The Texas Tribune, November 15, 2012.

"Does law enforcement resist science?," by Tim Weber, MPR News, November 8, 2012.

“Drug Lab Scandal: What Did Prosecutors Know?” Daniel S. Medwed, 90.9 WBUR, November 1, 2012.

"D.C. Crime Lab Chief Outlines Strategy for Preventing Scandals,"The Blog of Legal Times, October 30, 2012.

"Miami-Dade judge rules fingerprint evidence should be restricted," by David Ovalle, The Miami Herald, October 28, 2012.

"Family seeks pardon for executed man convicted on faulty science," , Mike Ward, Statesman, October 24, 2012.

"Mass. lawyers call for outside probe of drug lab," Bob Salsberg, Associated Press, October 24,2012.

"Testimony links BCA, St. Paul crime labs," by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, October 23, 2012.

"Judge warns lab scandal imperils hundreds of prosecutions," by Sheri Qualters, The National Law Journal, October 22, 2012.

"St. Paul crime lab work casts shadow on another drug case," by Madeleine Baran, Minnesota Public Radio, October 22, 2012.

"More drug cases head to court in Mass. lab scandal," by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press, October 22, 2012.

"D.C. Appeals Court Affirms Exclusion of Forensic Science Report in Assault Case," The Blog of LegalTimes, October 18, 2012.

"Portable fingerprint scanners aid King County deputies," by Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times, October 18, 2012.

"Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings," by David Boeri, 90.9 wbur, October 18, 2012.

"This week marks the start of special drug court sessions...," by Carol Rose, Liberty, October 17, 2012.

"Boston Braces For Inmates Released In Drug Lab Scandal," by Monica Brady-Myerov, 90.9 wbur, October 17, 2012.

"Chemist often called, wrote to prosecutor," by Andrea Estes and Scott Allen, The Boston Globe, October 16, 2012.

"Top judge: Mass. crime lab scandal could have substantial impact on cases in federal court in Boston," by Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe, October 11, 2012.

"Crime lab chemist's co-worker testifies," Associated Press, October 11, 2012.

"Case tied to faulty St. Paul crime lab dropped," by Chao Xiong, St. Paul Star Tribune, October 8, 2012.

"US crime lab chemist arrest causes reverberations," by Rebecca Trager, RSC, October 8, 2012.

"Experts examining criminal cases possibly tainted by Oregon State Police handwriting analysts," by Bryan Denson, The Oregonian, October 7, 2012.

"Texas forensic panel to hear report on wrongful convictions in arson cases," by Yamil Berard, Star-Telegram, October 4, 2012.

"More Court Sessions Set To Deal With Lab Fallout," Associated Press, October 2, 2012.

"Was it really me?" by Steve Fleming, aeon, September 26, 2012.

"State drug lab scandal," The Boston Globe, October 2, 2012.

"Massachusetts: Hearings Are Set in Cases With Questionable Tests," The Associated Press, October 2, 2012.

"Trial Against SFPD Crime Lab Worker Goes To Jury," CBS San Francisco, October 1, 2012.

"Court Sessions Set To Deal With Drug Lab Scandal," The Associated Press, October 1, 2012.

"Forensics laboratory opens in D.C.," by Andrea Noble, The Washington Times, October 1, 2012.

"How chemist in drug lab scandal circumvented safeguards," by Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe, September 30, 2012.

"Massachusetts lab tech arrested for alleged improper handling of drug tests," by Elaine Quijano, CBS Evening News, September 28, 2012.

"Special courts to hear load of cases in drug lab scandal," by Andrea Estes and Travis Andersen, The Boston Globe, September 28, 2012.

"Massachusetts: Chemist Charged in Scandal That Closed Laboratory," The Associated Press, October 28, 2012.

"Chemist Told Mass. Police She 'Messed Up Bad'," The Associated Press, September 26, 2012.

"Chemist's education questioned in drug lab scandal," by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press, September 25, 2012.

"FBI crime lab cuts down backlog of cases, report says," by Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, September 25, 2012.

"Lab scandal sees doubling of caseload," Boston Herald, September 21, 2012.

"D.C. police crime lab technicians ordered transferred, to be replaced by civilians," The Washington Post, September 21, 2012.

"Video: Unanswered questions at the St. Paul police crime lab," Minnesota Public Radio, September 20, 2012.

"Calls for crime lab to shut down amid more evidence doubts," Minnesota Public Radio, September 20, 2012.

"State Crime Lab Scandal Rocks Massachusetts," NPR, September 20, 2012.

"State lab breach could alter some federal sentences," Boston Herald, September 20, 2012.

"Ninth Circuit May Toss California's DNA Collection Law," The Recorder, September 19, 2012.

"First drug inmate to be freed in state crime lab scandal," Boston Herald, September 19, 2012.

"First drug inmate to be freed in state crime lab scandal"Boston Herald online, September 19, 2012.

"Lawmakers To Hold Hearings On Crime Lab Crisis," 90.9 WBUR, September 18, 2012.

"New doubts in 'shaken baby' fatalities," The Republic, September 15, 2012.

"Defense attorneys: Expect legal challenges of drug samples handled by disgraced Mass. chemist," Associated Press, September 13, 2012.

"Gov: 'Breakdown in oversight' at Mass. crime lab," Associated Press, September 12, 2012.

"Suspended MA State Chemist Handled Over 50,000 Cases," WPUR, September 9, 2012

"Former BCA supervisor: Poor ventilation may have contaminated St. Paul lab," Minnesota Public Radio, September 7, 2012.

"In Case of First Impression, 6th Circuit Nixes Lie-Detecting MRI in Criminal Case," ABA Journal, September 7, 2012.

"Testimony: Crime lab problems could go beyond drug cases," Minnesota Public Radio, September 7, 2012.

"St. Paul to spend $140,800 to review, fix troubled crime lab," Minnesota Public Radio, September 7, 2012.

"Mass. chemist in lab shutdown handled 50k samples," Associated Press, September 5, 2012.

"Drug lab cover-up allegations eyed - Attorneys’ cases could be compromised," Boston Herald, September 1, 2012.

"Defense Lawyer's Work at Routine Hearing Exposes Major Probation Drug-Test Issues; Shake-Up Results," ABA Journal, August 28, 2012.

"Before Lifting DNA, Meticulous Protocol," The New York Times, August 28, 2012.

"Debate on brain scans as lie detectors highlighted in Maryland murder trial," The Washington Post, August 26, 2012.

"9th Circuit's Reconsideration of DNA Collection Program Won't Be the Last Case in the Sequence," The Recorder, August 24, 2012.

"More criticism of St. Paul's crime lab in second day of drug case," Minnesota Public Radio, July 17, 2012.

"The dark side of forensic science," The Washington Post, July 16, 2012.

"No Majority Rationale in Crime Lab Testimony Ruling," The New York Times, June 18, 2012.

"Supreme Court split over defendants’ rights to confront lab analysts," Washington Post, June 18, 2012.

"Md. high court bans DNA swabs of charged suspects; police, prosecutors seek appeal," The Washington Post, April 29, 2012.

"Md. authorities stop post-arrest DNA collection," The Baltimore Sun, April 27, 2012.

"Prosecutors agree: Murder conviction of D.C. man should be overturned," The Washington Post, April 27, 2012.

"Landmark Decision in Nassau Crime Lab Scandal," The Huffington Post, April 26, 2012.

"Maryland law enforcement agencies still collecting DNA samples," The Baltimore Sun, April 25, 2012.

"Md. high court strikes down DNA collection at arrest," The Baltimore Sun, April 24, 2012.

"Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases," Cleveland Live, April 22, 2012.

"Untouched, Thousands Of Rape Kits Await Justice," NPR, April 21, 2012.

"Failures at the FBI crime lab," The Washington Post, April 20, 2012.

"No Forensic Background? No Problem," Pro Publica, April 17, 2012.

"Some Defendants Unaware Of FBI's Flawed Forensics," NPR, April 17, 2012.

"DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency," The Washington Post, April 17, 2012.

"Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept.," The Washington Post, April 16, 2012.

"Convictions linked to FBI lab's suspect forensics," The Washington Post, April 16, 2012.

"Parents Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse Struggle to Get Kids Back," The Daily Beast, April 13, 2012.

"The Criminal Law Show," Hosted by Dan Arshack WGXC 90.7 FM. 

"An Incomplete DNA Deal," The New York Times, March 26, 2012.

"Women express concern over police rape kit backlogs," The Washington Post, March 19, 2012.

"Federal funds help crime labs struggling with DNA evidence backlogs," The Washington Post, March 18, 2012.

"Is ASCLD/LAB crime-lab accreditation inadequate?" Grits for breakfast, March 15, 2012.

"Investigators using 'touch DNA' to solve property crimes," Chron.com, March 12, 2012.

"The Exoneration of Bennett Barbour," Slate, March 12, 2012.

"Vulture Study Raises Questions About Time-of-Death Estimates in Homicides," ABA Journal, March 8, 2012.

"Crime labs struggle with DNA test demands," Stateline, March 8, 2012.

"Failure to Check Alcohol-Test Devices Could Put Up to 1,000 Calif. Drunk-Driving Convictions at Risk," ABA Journal, March 6, 2012.

"Wash. Lawmakers Fight For DNA Sampling At Arrest," NPR, February 28, 2012.

"Pioneering a Way to Distinguish Blood Disorders From Child Abuse," ProPublica, February 21, 2012.

"D.C. Appeals Court Upholds Use of Handwriting Evidence," The Blog of Legal Times, February 9, 2012.

"Resolution Tackles Expert Evidence Issues in Criminal Cases," ABA Journal, February 6, 2012.

"Williamsburg DNA case raises question of effort," Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 5, 2012.

"Defense Lawyers Cite New Arson Research to Challenge Convictions," ABA Journal, February 1, 2012. 

"New fire-expert analysis OKd in father’s arson conviction," Philly.com, January 27, 2012. 

"Little Progress in Congress on Push for Forensic Standards," ProPublica, January 23, 2012.

"Eye of the Beholder," The American Prospect, January 13, 2012.

"Ginsburg Opinion Rejects Due Process Inquiries on Eyewitness IDs; Sotomayor Dissents," ABA Journal, January 11, 2012.

"Eyewitness Evidence Needs No Special Cautions, Court Says," The New York Times, January 11, 2012.

"Supreme Court declines to make it harder to introduce eyewitness testimony at trials," The Washington Post, January 11, 2012.

"Fired scientist files complaint against Austin police crime lab," Statesman, January 11, 2012.

"Lab’s forensic check failure sparks fingerprints retesting," The Herald-News, January 10, 2012.

"A Far Cry From ‘CSI’," Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2011. 

"Miscarriage of justice points to fingerprint flaws," New Scientist, December 28, 2011.

"SBI lab errors might affect 74 more criminal cases," News Observer, March 22, 2011.

NACDL Press Release, Forensic Science Reform Is Long Overdue, January 25, 2011

"Forensic Science Commission diverting resources from investigating negligence, misconduct," Grits for Breakfast, December 14, 2010

NACDL Press Release, Report: Principles and Recommendations for Strengthening Forensic Science in the Courtroom, March 5, 2010

NACDL Board Resolution Adopting "Principles and Recommendations to Strengthen Forensic Evidence and Its Presentation in the Courtroom," February 27, 2010

"Drug Cases Are Scrutinized After Crime Lab Shortcuts," The New York Times, May 11, 2010

"'Shortcuts' by NYPD Lab Tech Could Put Thousands of Cases in Doubt," ABA Journal, May 11, 2010

"The Forensics Behind The N.Y. Bomb Attempt," NPR, May 3, 2010

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