Last ditch efforts to stay another execution in Texas. Plus a new series from the Washington Post on resistance to forensic reform.

A last minute effort to stay Rodney Reed’s execution in TX is based on new expert review of erroneous Time of Death opinion at the conviction trial. The litigation is led by the Innocence Project. There is a petition to the Texas court to stay his execution which is March 5. [excerpt]

Late Thursday, the Innocence Project filed a motion before a Texas court urging that it stay death row inmate Rodney Reed’s execution-scheduled for March 5-and order a new trial based on new evidence pointing to his innocence.

According to the motion, three respected forensic pathologist have recently reviewed evidence in connection with the case and concluded that the victim, Stacey Stites, was murdered much earlier than the prosecution claimed at trial, that she was killed in a different location and that her body was taken to the location where it was found by a land appraiser on the side of the road in the afternoon of April 23, 1996. The motion also includes affidavits from two of Stites’ former co-workers who corroborate Reed’s claims that he was having a clandestine romantic relationship with Stites.

A topic of interest to the public at large, and those in the forensic sciences who are interested forensic reform. How “scientific” bite mark analysis has led to wrongful convictions. New series from  @radleybalko at WaPo. First of a four part series.

A prosecutor candidly reflects and his analysis that a prosecution and conviction was flawed.

300 police detectives refuse to voluntarily provide their DNA samples for a Dutch forensic institute database, but cynics might wonder if there are ulterior motives. Article




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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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