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"Santae Tribble, whose wrongful conviction revealed FBI forensic hair match flaws, dies at 59," by Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, July 05, 2020
"Texas man released on DNA evidence still not exonerated after new suspect confesses to murder," by Erik Ortiz, NBC News, June 24, 2020
"A DNA Mix-Up Involving a Washing Machine Kept a Man in Jail for 3 Years," by Heather Murphy, New York Times, June 26, 2020
"Georgia Man Jailed for 43 Years Freed After Plea Deal," by The Associated Press, New York Times, May 15, 2020
"Judge: Flawed bite mark evidence used in wrongful conviction," by Bill Rankin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 09, 2020
"Why Courts Still Lag Behind On Forensic Science," by Natalie Rodriguez, Law360, April 12, 2020
"Denim, as a Crime-Solving Tool, Has Holes," by Amos Zeeberg, New York Times, April 08, 2020
"Justice In America Episode 27: Junk Forensic Science," by Josie Duffy Rice, Zak Cheney Rice, and Radley Balko, The Appeal, April 08, 2020
"‘Old School’ Technique Helps Identify Victim in 50-Year-Old Killing," by Aimee Ortiz, New York Times, April 07, 2020
"After Slow Start, State to Probe 81 Convictions Involving Debunked Hair Analysis," by Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch, March 10, 2020
"Cracking the Code: The Growing Use of DNA Indictments To Satisfy the Constraints of Expiring Statutes of Limitations," by Kraig Ahalt and Jeffrey A. Udell, New York Law Journal, March 06, 2020
"FBI rolls out Rapid DNA pilot testing program for felony suspects," by Paul Brinkmann, UPI, March 02, 2020
"'They lied to us': Mom says police deceived her to get her DNA and charge her son with murder," by Jon Schuppe, NBC News, February 22, 2020
"N.Y.P.D. to Remove DNA Profiles of Non-Criminals From Database," by Edgar Sandoval, New York Times, February 20, 2020
"Missouri Considers ‘Katie’s Law’ Requiring DNA Collection for All Felony Arrests," by Andrea Cipriano, The Crime Report, February 12, 2020