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Forensic Science Commission Draws Heat
Former FSC chair all fired up over outdated arson science
"...lawyer Sam Bassett, the former chair of the state's Forensic Science Commission, there are plenty of questions left to..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

God's Gift to Forensic Science
Will Bradley remain chair of the Forensic Science Commission?
"...Attorney John Bradley to remain the chair of the Forensic Science Commission. But whether Bradley's name will actually make..."

March 4, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Perry's Picks for Forensic Panel
New faces will serve on Forensic Science Commission
"...Oct. 31 appointed three new members to the state Forensic Science Commission. Replacing ousted appointee John Bradley, the controversial..."

Nov. 4, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Science of Injustice
Capital murder case highlights Texas courts' resistance to physical evidence
"...college by a number of people: She attended a science class review session, went to the cafeteria, and did..."

Aug. 19, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Who to Blame for Faulty Fire Science?
Will Forensic Science Commission let Fire Marshal's Office off the hook for flawed science?
"...Members of the state's Forensic Science Commission have concluded that fire investigators relied on..."

July 30, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Commission Jerks Bradley's Chain
Chairman loses bid to close arson case on Cameron Todd Willingham
"...Sept. 17 by his fellow members of the state's Forensic Science Commis­sion, which has been considering whether junk science..."

Sept. 24, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Junk Science Conundrum
Legislators ponder how to keep questionable forensics out of the courtroom
"...What's the best way to keep questionable, or junk, science out of court in a criminal case? That's the..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

AG Opinion Puts Brakes on Willingham Investigation
FSC may investigate old cases, but not old evidence
"...According to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's Forensic Science Commission may investigate old cases, provided it doesn't..."

July 29, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

sxswf: Even More 'Incendiary'
More from our Q&A with filmmakers Steve Mims and Joe Bailey Jr.
"...to the fore serious questions about the reliability of forensic evidence in criminal cases, and about whether Texas relied..."

March 10, 2011 SXSW Post by Jordan Smith

Justice Can Wait
On eve of hearing, Perry reshuffles the Forensic Science Commission
"...Less than 72 hours before the state's Forensic Science Commission was scheduled to hear from national fire..."

Oct. 9, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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.
"...Incendiary smartly sidesteps that firestorm to focus on the science used to convict Willingham. Junk science, it turns out...."

Sept. 23, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Point Austin: Rick Perry, Boy Scientist
When it comes to science, the Inquisition's got nothing on the guv
"...has conceded he's "crazy" enough to believe the current science on man-made climate change), Perry responded to a reference..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Rooting Out the Causes of Wrongful Conviction
Commission would investigate wrongful convictions
"...since legislation was first filed to create an "innocence commission" to investigate the causes of wrongful convictions in Texas...."

March 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Hair Analysis: The Root of the Evidence Problem
Texas takes on first-in-the-nation statewide case review
"...The Texas Forensic Science Commission voted unanimously Friday morning to move forward..."

Jan. 13, 2014 News Post by Jordan Smith

Evidence That Stinks
Innocence Project says Texas' scent lineup evidence is stinky junk
"...The Innocence Project of Texas is calling on the Forensic Science Commission to investigate the use of "scent lineups"..."

Sept. 22, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
"...already large number of untested rape kits (sexual assault forensic exam, or SAFE kits) would multiply without a functioning..."

Dec. 2, 2016 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

A.G. Ruling on Arson Probe Is 'Just Weird'
Decision hog-ties commission's role in Willingham case
"...According to Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state's Forensic Science Commission may investigate old cases provided it doesn't..."

Aug. 5, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Bradley Spars With Lawmakers
New head of Forensic Science Commission is all fired up
"...state. In it, Bradley assured readers that the Texas Forensic Science Commission's work on the Cameron Todd Willingham case,..."

Nov. 20, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?
Rape case goes unprosecuted due to contaminated DNA evidence
"...to St. David's Medical Center, where she completed a forensic exam and met with police...."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: Learning From Experience
The things they won't tell you in Texas schools
"...Attorney John Bradley to make certain that the state's Forensic Science Com­mis­sion – upon which he was imposed as..."

Sept. 24, 2010 News Column by Michael King

Long-Awaited Testimony Rejects Arson Conclusion
Forensic Science Commission hears expert testimony on Willingham fire investigation
"...Fire science expert Craig Beyler told the state's Forensic Science Commission..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...not be reached for comment. – Lee Nichols Junk Science Panel to Meet Privately..."

April 30, 2010 News Feature

Are Fire Marshals Shirking Their Duty?
Fire experts testify in Willingham wrongful conviction case
"...In court testimony last week, two nationally recognized fire-science experts roundly discredited evidence that sent Cameron Todd Willingham..."

Oct. 22, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Judge To Review Willingham Case
Baird sets hearing for Oct. 6-7
"...Marshal's Office, writing that it had relied on outdated science. That information was given to the BPP and Perry..."

Oct. 1, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: It's Not About Sharon Keller
Sharon Keller, Todd Willingham, and unjustifiable homicide
"...Criminal Appeals, stood trial last month before the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on five counts of judicial misconduct...."

Sept. 4, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Judges: Move the Lab out of APD!
Court judiciary pens memo to Council, county commissioners
"...on Monday unanimously recommending that the city’s currently shuttered forensics lab – currently run by the Austin Police Department..."

Dec. 6, 2016 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Texas Forensics: Politics vs. Justice
The Forensic Science Commission does what it can under A.G.'s limitations
"...Attorney General Greg Abbott now restricts its jurisdiction, the Forensic Science Commission (during a two-day meeting last week) has..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
New briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...Ordinance is working its way through the boards and commissions process and heading toward City Council. The proposed law,..."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
"...home, killing his children. Since his conviction, however, fire science has evolved; to date, roughly a dozen leading fire..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Fire Marshals Stand by Original Arson Report
Forensic Science Commission to make final decision on whether faulty science was used in Willingham investigation
"...the behest of the New York-based Innocence Project, Texas' Forensic Science Commission has been reviewing the Willingham case (as..."

Sept. 17, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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