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"A Star Witness Recanted. But Tasha Shelby Is Still Imprisoned for ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ Junk-Science.," by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, October 19, 2022
"Yet another scientific body has debunked bitemark analysis. The courts still won't care.," by Radley Balko, The Watch, October 18, 2022
"Forensic DNA Profiling Exposes Protected Medical Information: Study," by TRC Staff, The Crime Report, October 14, 2022
"Texas Claims It’s "Too Late" for DNA Testing That Could Get Rodney Reed off Death Row," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, October 09, 2022
"Michigan attorney general’s office receives grant for post-conviction DNA testing," by Emily Blumberg, NPR, September 14, 2022
"Whistling Past the Graveyard: Why It’s So Hard to Rid the Courts of Junk Science," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, April 24, 2022
"This Database Stores the DNA of 31,000 New Yorkers. Is It Illegal?," by Troy Closson, New York Times, March 22, 2022
"Rush to Judgment," by Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith, The Intercept, March 05, 2022
"Murderville – Episode Five: The Evidence," by Sarah Frazier and Liliana Segura, The Intercept, March 01, 2022
"How long do prisoners have to seek DNA evidence?," by John Elwood, SCOTUSblog, February 23, 2022
"Murderville – Episode Two: The Cops," The Intercept, February 08, 2022
"Flawed forensics in criminal trials overlooked in push to reform expert witness rules," by Hassan Kanu, Reuters, January 27, 2022
"Virginia Beach Police used forged forensic documents in interrogations," by Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, January 12, 2022
"A DNA match helps solve the cold case of a California waitress killed in 1996," Associated Press, December 10, 2021
"51 prisoners will have their cases reviewed for potential wrongful convictions over hair analysis," by Allison Sherry, CPR News, November 29, 2021