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"Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood defends discredited forensic experts, harasses defense attorneys instead," by Radley Balko, 'The Watch' Blog, August 25, 2016.

"Expert witness goes nuts during questioning for Mississippi death penalty case," by Radley Balko, 'The Watch' Blog, August 24, 2016.

"Medical examiners here can be a jury of one," by Patricia Wen, The Boston Globe, August 20, 2016.

"Forensics roundup: Thousands of convictions affected by scandals in Oregon, New Jersey, Austin and Massachusetts," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, July 22, 2016.

"A Shocking Reminder of How Reliant Prosecutors Are on Plea Deals ," by Leon Neyfakh, Slate, July 21, 2016.

"298 wrongful drug convictions identified in ongoing audit," by Lise Olsen and Anita Hassan, Houston Chronicle, July 16, 2016.

"Unreliable Field Drug Tests Result In Innocent People Pleading Guilty," by Barry Scheck, The Huffington Post, July 15, 2016.

"‘No Field Test is Fail Safe’: Meet the Chemist Behind Houston’s Police Drug Kits," by Ryan Gabrielson, Pro Publica, July 11, 2016.

"Judge: 14K Cases Possibly Affected by Tainted Lab Work," Associated Press, June 30, 2016.

"How Science Is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving," by Veronique Greenwood, National Geographic, June 21, 2016.

""It's absolutely stupid." Fifth Trial Planned in Bite-Mark Murder Case," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, June 16, 2016.

"Massachusetts judge pushes prosecutors for more emails in Farak case," by Shawn Musgrave, The Eye, The New England Center for Investigative Reporting , June 7, 2016.

"Justice Department issues first standards for forensic expert testimony," by Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, June 3, 2016.

"Civil grand jury: SF crime lab shouldn’t be run by police," by Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2016.

"Defense attorneys say withheld Farak notes implicate prosecutors," by Shawn Musgrave, The Eye, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, May 28, 2016.

"California Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction Based on Flawed Bite-Mark Evidence," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, May 27, 2016.

"After Scandals, Officials Say Mass. Drug Labs Have Improved — But Concerns Linger," by Karen Brown, NEPR, May 23, 2016.

"The False Promise of DNA Testing," by Matthew Shaer, The Atlantic, May 17, 2016.

"ACLU: Rogue chemist was involved in 24,000-plus convictions," by Milton J. Valencia, Boston Globe, May 12, 2016.

"Judge Rejects Handwriting Analysis in Forgery Dispute," by Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal, May 10, 2016.

"Meth Lab Chemist Who Spent Years Getting High On Job Creates Chaos For Massachusetts Justice System," by Arun Rath, NPR, May 7, 2016.

"Junk Science on Trial in Bill Richards Bite-Mark Appeal," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, May 6, 2016.

"How Can America Fix Its Crime Labs?," by Kate Wheeling, Pacific Standard, May 6, 2016.

"New Details Of Misconduct By State Chemist," by Radio Boston, WBUR, May 4, 2016.

"Blog: The Cost of Lying: For One Lab Scientist Who Fabricated Evidence, Just Two Years in Prison," by Jessica S. Henry, The Huffington Post, April 19, 2016.

"Over 7,800 Prosecutions Questioned After NJ Lab Tech Caught Faking Drug Test Results," by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, April 18, 2016.

"Annie Dookhan, center of drug lab scandal, released from prison," by Eric Levenson,, April 12, 2016.

"'It's a public safety issue' — Should Utah require all rape kits to be tested?," by Annie Knox, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 11, 2016.

"Should people convicted on unsound science be given new trials?," by Hannah Yi, PBS NewsHour, April 9, 2016.

"Man convicted 3 times of 1990 rape, murder wants new trial," by Ashley Mitchem, News 4 Jacksonville, April 8, 2016.

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