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One Slated, One Stayed
Rick Perry's death tally notches another this week
"...convicted of robbing a Rusk convenience store and then kidnapping Vandever and two female clerks. The pair then reportedly..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Life in Prison for Hemp
José Peña brought some roadside weeds home from Kansas. Cops decided it was reefer, and a Texas court sentenced him to life in prison – without the evidence. It took a decade for Peña to get back some of the pieces of his life.
"...Con­sti­tu­tion. "Whether in cases involving contraband or those containing DNA evidence ... science is becoming increasingly capable of answering..."

March 16, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

APD Defends Flawed Yogurt Shop Case
Assistant chief rejects idea that “tunnel vision” played a role in the investigation
"...overturned by appellate courts. Moreover, in 2008, newly tested DNA evidence obtained from the youngest victim did not match..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Rick Perry Death Watch
Perry becomes killingest governor tonight
" Her murder went unsolved for eight years until DNA found at the scene was matched to Hernandez, who..."

Jan. 27, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Memory Lapse?
Former district attorney doesn't remember much about prosecuting an innocent man for murder
" been arrested and charged with the crime; his DNA was found on a bandana covered with Christine's blood,..."

Dec. 9, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

A Possible Tip for Tips in Murder Case
Did you know Mark Alan Norwood in the late Eighties?
"...recently released from prison after 25 years, after Norwood's DNA was found mingled with Christine's on a bloody bandana..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Bradley Draws Challenge
Dem candidate throws hat in D.A.'s race
"...over Anderson and Bradley – who long opposed the DNA testing that ultimately demonstrated Morton's innocence in the 1986..."

Nov. 4, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

State Takes Over Morton Case
A.G.'s Office investigates wrongful conviction in WilCo
"...the murder of his wife – a murder that DNA evidence found near the crime scene, but never previously..."

Oct. 21, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

No Indictment in Officer-Involved Shooting
Former yogurt shop suspect was fearful of cops
"...investigators continue searching a match to the unknown male DNA found inside the youngest victim, 13-year-old Amy Ayers. (For..."

Sept. 30, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Politics Gift Guide
Curios for current-events connoisseurs
"...a decade behind bars, Cotton was proven innocent by DNA testing. Yet more surprising, he and Thompson-Cannino are now..."

Nov. 26, 2010 News Feature

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...visible match to Jones. It was never subjected to DNA testing, however – until now. The results of newly..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Feature

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...serve as the project's grant evaluator. – Jordan Smith DNA Lab A-OK..."

Oct. 8, 2010 News Feature

Panel Targets Roots of Wrongful Convictions
Recommendations on improving witness identification and evidence testing head to the Lege
"...that state lawmakers reform post-conviction law to allow for DNA testing of evidence regardless of why it was not..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Row Case Evidence May Never Be Tested
When technicalities take precedence over finding out who done it
"...has so far denied Skinner's appeals to conduct the DNA testing that could either clear his name or definitively..."

March 12, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

State of Texas Actions Shocking
"...sniffing 17-year-old burnt materials, rather than focus on irrefutable DNA testing? If the answer is that the DNA has..."

Oct. 28, 2009 Postmarks

Forensic Fallibility
A new report shows that forensic science ain't all it's cracked up to be
"...forensic disciplines created equal: With the singular exception of DNA analysis, "no forensic method" – such as fingerprint, tool-mark,..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cole's Posthumous Exoneration Is First for Texas
In clearing Timothy Cole's name, Travis Co. judge does what Lubbock officials refused to do
"...Mallin – a rape he did not commit. Indeed, DNA testing conducted last year proved that Lubbock Co. police..."

Feb. 13, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reed Loses Another Appeal
Yet another setback for death row inmate Rodney Reed
"...1996 after she'd failed to show up for work. DNA evidence found on Stites' body eventually led police to..."

Jan. 23, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

APD Scores Low on Police Lineup Procedures
The Justice Project cites police department shortcomings when it comes to eyewitness identification of suspects
"...has played a role in 75% of the 223 DNA exonerations that have taken place nationwide. In Texas, mistaken..."

Nov. 28, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Cold Case Charges
Mexican native charged with capital murder in connection with two old cases
"...Department of Public Safety Crime Lab extracted a male DNA profile from evidence collected in the Graeber case, and..."

July 7, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Letters at 3AM
We are a community, we and the creatures. There are only a few tenths of a percent of difference between the chimpanzees' DNA and ours, yours, mine.
"...few tenths of a percent of difference between their DNA and ours, yours, mine...."

Aug. 5, 2005 Column by Michael Ventura

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...rights, provides funding to state and local governments for DNA testing, and implements safeguards to prevent wrongful convictions and..."

Oct. 29, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Perry, BPP admit Houston crime lab victim is actually innocent
"...Sutton, who was falsely imprisoned for four years before DNA evidence exonerated him, Gov. Rick Perry on May 14..."

May 21, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reed Appeals 'Conviction of an Innocent Man'
A federal appeal attacks the state's 'airtight" case against death-row inmate Rodney Reed.
"...HEB. The state's case was based solely on semen DNA that matched Reed -- no other physical evidence linked..."

Feb. 28, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Jurors spent week four in the capital murder trial of Yogurt Shop Murders defendant Michael Scott considering DNA evidence and testimony from several of Scott's high school friends.
"...trial of Yogurt Shop Murders defendant Michael Scott considering DNA evidence and testimony from several of Scott's high school..."

Sept. 13, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Our readers talk back.
"...former DNA President..."

May 3, 2002 Column

Somebody Has to Die
The conviction of Robert Springsteen in the yogurt shop murders leaves many questions unanswered.
"...analysis of the fingerprints by a FBI expert and DNA analysis of the hairs by a private company, none..."

June 15, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Lines in the Sand
Austin Legislators Prepare to Redraw Their Own Districts -- While Doing Business as Usual
"...from five to 15 years -- since advances in DNA testing now make it possible to identify the perpetrator..."

Jan. 19, 2001 News Feature by Louis Dubose

"...Wayne Criner should be kept in jail although a DNA test administered after his conviction determined that the sperm..."

Oct. 20, 2000 News Feature

If You Can't Stand the Heat ...
Republican Jill Warren is behind in the polls and going negative on her Democratic opponent Ann Kitchen, in the race for House District 48 in Travis County.
"...better make sure that what we're doing is fair." DNA testing is one piece of the puzzle that needs..."

Oct. 13, 2000 News Feature by Rob D'Amico

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