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Can Keller Conviction Stand Without Physical Evidence?
Hearing in Austin ritual abuse case questions evidence of sexual abuse
DAILY News  August 27, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...When a child is sexually abused, there isn't necessarily physical evidence to prove any abuse happened. But whether the lack of any physical evidence of abuse is significant in the case of Fran Keller, convicted of sexually assaulting a child left in her care back in 1991, is a central issue in an appeal of that case currently pending in a Travis County court...."

Where's Your Evidence?
Advances in forensic science have made physical evidence increasingly crucial in criminal justice – but the practice of preserving and maintaining that evidence is often underfunded, poorly managed, or just plain sloppy
News Story  February 15, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...For more than a decade, lawyers for death row inmate Hank Skinner fought prosecutors – in Gray County and the attorney general's office – for the right to DNA-test certain items of evidence. Skinner was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1993 murder of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two grown sons in the home they shared in the Panhandle town of Pampa..."

The Evidence of Things Unseen
Is Bush lying about Iraq? Can he prove that he's not?
Columns  January 24, 2003, by Michael Ventura
"...Especially when you consider this -- a report that should have been on the front page but was shoved to page 16 of The New York Times on Dec. 13: "The nation's top general for domestic security says he has seen little evidence to suggest an imminent terrorism threat inside the United States by members of al Qaeda's network, and warns against using 'McCarthyism' in combating terror..."

Beside the Point: Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Ignorance
As we become submerged in factless policy-making, a request to return to reason
News Story  July 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Its final regulation, which demands clinics spend millions for hospital-like building changes, would shutter all but eight clinics in the state. When presented with scientific evidence, statistics, peer-reviewed research papers, testimony from relevant, qualified physicians, and opposition from major mainstream medical organizations – all strongly cautioning the provisions are not only unnecessary but could very well threaten the health and safety of women – bill authors stunningly waved the facts away based on the belief that women would be safer adhering to the law..."

Elvis & Nixon
Now we can do more than wonder about the day these two men met
Film Review  April 22, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Nixon, the physically awkward leader who regarded the populace as something of a hindrance to governance, captured with a broad and uncommon grin while shaking the hand of the nation’s hip-swiveler-in-chief dressed in full Elvis regalia. It provides concrete evidence of the pileup of politics and pop culture..."

Page Two: Immigration by the Numbers
As our focus shifts from Iraq failures, an untenable and disheartening argument arises
Columns  October 26, 2007, by Louis Black
"...According to authoritative proponents, Saddam Hussein not only had weapons of mass destruction; this country and the world were in imminent danger of his using them. Even though there has yet to be any concrete evidence, al Qaeda and Hussein were portrayed as collaborators...."

'From Specifics, From Concrete Evidence, From Things'
These fine photographs reveal the power of objects in our material world
Arts Review  September 2, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...'From Specifics, From Concrete Evidence, From Things'Pump Project, 702 Shady, 351-8571 Through Sept. 10..."

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Medicaid Exclusion
The provider claims the state is breaking federal law
DAILY News  November 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...On Oct. 19, citing “evidence of Medicaid program violations” the Office of Inspector General at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission delivered a “termination letter” of Medicaid enrollment to the provider..."

Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Ban
A preliminary injunction hearing is set for Sept. 14
DAILY News  August 31, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...29. CRR said the ban would inflict irreparable harm on women by blocking their constitutionally-protected right to an abortion and subject women to “medical experimentation” as the three alternatives to D&E pose greater risk, while the state offered little concrete evidence the law actually does anything to help women’s safety instead relying on "respecting the life of the unborn," as an argument in lieu of protecting women's health...."

After Cutting Medicaid, State Raids Planned Parenthood
Provider may seek legal recourse
DAILY News  October 23, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Officials claim they are within their right to inspect the files, alluding to suspicion of Medicaid fraud. However, they have yet to offer any concrete evidence backing up those claims..."

CCA Considers Hank Skinner's Death-Case DNA Appeal
Should never-before evidence be tested for DNA?
DAILY News  May 2, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Among the items of evidence that could be subject to testing for the first time, should the CCA allow Skinner the access he's been seeking for more than a decade, is a windbreaker – its cuffs spattered with blood, stained with sweat, and with two human hairs attached – that was found next to the body of Twila Busby, who had been bludgeoned to death in her home in 1993. She shared that home with her boyfriend, Skinner, and her two grown sons who were also slaughtered that night in the home..."

Incendiary: The Willingham Case
The "junk science" used to make the case for the Texas execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for the arson murders of his children is persuasively laid out in this locally made documentary.
Film Review  September 23, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The case against Willingham was premised on the idea that the fire was arson; that’s what the fire marshals on the scene determined, using the standards widely practiced at the time, bolstered by a common attitude that fire investigation is an art, not a science. But when Willingham’s advocates later brought in fire experts to re-examine the investigation – including the raggedy-bearded Gerald Hurst (who invented the Mylar balloon, incidentally) and John Lentini – they determined that evidence of arson was inconclusive..."

Keller Case Returns to Court
Hearing in Austin ritual abuse case questions evidence of sexual abuse
News Story  August 30, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...When a child is sexually abused, there isn't necessarily physical evidence to prove any abuse happened. The lack of any physical evidence of abuse is a central issue in the case of Fran and Dan Keller, convicted of sexually assaulting a child left in their care in 1991 – an appeal of that case is currently pending before a Travis County district court...."

Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
News Story  December 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...But it was the only real option. Although she still believed Springsteen and Scott were responsible for the crime, she said – despite a lack of any physical evidence connecting them to it – she had concluded that she must drop the charges because prosecutors had no explanation for explosive new evidence discovered in 2008: unknown male DNA found on a vaginal swab collected at the 1991 crime scene from the youngest victim, 13-year-old Amy Ayers, that does not match Springsteen or Scott, nor the other two men officials say also took part in the crime, Maurice Pierce and Forrest Welborn...."

Blossoms of Fire
Blossoms of Fire is a bright, amiable chronicle of the vivid lives of the women of Juchitán, a small, sun-soaked city on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. The...
Film Review  May 4, 2001, by Marrit Ingman
"...(One husband interviewed proudly remarks on his wife's fiduciary prowess, “The money will bear fruit.”) If all this sounds a bit dry and academic, perhaps it is. But let it be said that this sensible division of labor creates ample opportunity to party -- the whole community throws down with gusto for days-long wingdings that are perhaps the best evidence of the Tehuantepec people's colorful, passionate lives..."

Fuller Versus IDEA
Charter school group attacks academic's work, he rebuts
DAILY News  December 8, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Thus, the evidence strongly suggests that bilingual students – especially those taking the Spanish-language TAKS tests – are less likely to enroll in an IDEA Charter School than in a public school...."

Devil in the Details
Why Is 'Talented Amateur Historian' Leon Day Obsessed With the Death of Ambrose Bierce?
Books Story  May 17, 2002, by James McWilliams
"...Cobbling together a life from scant evidence, Bierce biographers have leapt to a number of questionable conclusions concerning the writer's death. "It's a sad fact," Day has written, "that biographers generally stand on each others' shoulders." It's sad, he explains, because the first serious biography of Ambrose Bierce, published by Carey McWilliams (no relation) in 1929, was a book that would shape nearly all subsequent studies..."

Lege Lines: The Score
Grading the Lege on women's health, drug policy, and criminal justice
News Story  May 31, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...That's problematic for medical researchers who had previously been successful in letting lawmakers know that salvia is a promising plant for use in treating a number of serious illnesses, including Alz­heim­er's and schizophrenia. The ban passed with little opposition – 17 no votes in the House, just three in the Senate – despite the lack of any concrete evidence that the ban is actually necessary..."

Rodney Reed Hearing Gets Underway
What was Jimmy Fennell doing before his fiancé's murder?
DAILY News  October 11, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Presiding Judge Doug Shaver is tasked with deciding if recent evidence – the bulk of which stems from a 2016 interview of former Bastrop County Sheriff’s investigator Curtis Davis, conducted by CNN – supports the defense’s plea for a new trial. Davis is the former best friend of Jimmy Fennell, Jr., Stites’ fiancé, a former cop who’s currently in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman while on duty..."

We Were the Urban Pioneers
Our search for the just-right million-dollar condo, in the wilds of Downtown
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Wells Dunbar and Jordan Smith
"...Still, we were unable to find out how old these people are, how much money they make, or what kind of racial blend there is among these pioneers infiltrating the urban core. Everyone we asked had ideas about who they believe the pioneers to be, but there seems to be little in the way of concrete evidence...."

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