Junk forensic science appeals largely hit a dead end because of appeal exhaustion.

Individuals convicted largely due to junk science face challenges finding legal remedies

  • In the wake of last year’s FBI hair analysis error scandal, Arkansas defense attorneys are asking the state supreme court to grant clients convicted by the junk science new trials: “The problem, as state attorneys have pointed out in legal arguments, is [the defendants] have exhausted their appeals, and there is no mechanism for sending a case back to trial because evidence was discovered to be faulty.” (Arkansas Online)
  • Meanwhile in Texas, after the state passed the first junk science law in 2013, defendants convicted because of shoddy science will finally have their cases reviewed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (PBS)

Shout out to the DNA Newsletter @CeliaGivens

About csidds

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