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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
"...– for the right to DNA-test certain items of evidence. Skinner was convicted and sentenced to die for the..."

Feb. 15, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Swearingen to CCA: Please Test the Evidence
State says testing won't prove innocence
"...No additional DNA testing of evidence in the case of Larry Swearingen, on death row..."

Dec. 5, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Evidence Missing in Skinner Case
Key evidence missing and no one knows why
"...drop its opposition to the post-conviction DNA testing of evidence in the capital murder case that sent Hank Skinner..."

June 13, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Body of Evidence
"...Aiming to be this year's Basic Instinct, Body of Evidence never raises a discernible pulse. The story's intrinsic narrative..."

Jan. 22, 1993 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Can Keller Conviction Stand Without Physical Evidence?
Hearing in Austin ritual abuse case questions evidence of sexual abuse
"...a child is sexually abused, there isn't necessarily physical evidence to prove any abuse happened. But whether the lack..."

Aug. 27, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Former DA Anderson Pleads Guilty to Withholding Evidence in Morton Case
Will do a turn in jail and surrender his law license
"...afternoon pleaded guilty to criminal contempt for withholding exculpatory evidence during his prosecution of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Prosecutors Say New DNA Evidence in Yogurt Shop Case Doesn't 'Exonerate' Defendant
A lawyer for yogurt shop defendant Robert Springsteen says that re-tested DNA evidence found in a vaginal swab proves his client is not guilty, and that Springsteen should be released from prison.
"...yogurt shop defendant Robert Springsteen says that re-tested DNA evidence proves his client is not guilty, and that Springsteen..."

April 16, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Forced Testimony Over Evidence?
No physical evidence implicates Cardenas in his cousin's murder
"...According to his appeals, however, there was no physical evidence linking Cardenas to the crime – including no forensic..."

Nov. 3, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Corralling the Evidence
Proposed SB 1439 would tighten statewide evidence procedures
"...the nation governing the storage and retention of criminal evidence – but there is no requirement that individuals working..."

April 5, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Without Evidence: Executing Frances Newton
Another Texas death row case marked by official carelessness, negligence, and intransigence
"...case is painfully unexceptional. For there is no incontrovertible evidence against Newton, and the paltry evidence that does exist..."

Sept. 9, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Row Case Evidence May Never Be Tested
When technicalities take precedence over finding out who done it
"...executed on March 24 without key pieces of physical evidence in his case ever having been tested. "We continue..."

March 12, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Evidence of Things Unseen
Is Bush lying about Iraq? Can he prove that he's not?
"...general for domestic security says he has seen little evidence to suggest an imminent terrorism threat inside the United..."

Jan. 24, 2003 Column by Michael Ventura

Who’s Testing APD’s Backlog of Evidence?
“Everything is on hold”
"...shutdown of the department's forensics lab, and very little evidence has been tested in the interim. According to updates..."

Feb. 24, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Hidden Evidence?
Reed's attorneys insist evidence unavailable to him during his 1998 trial casts serious doubt on his guilt of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, and strongly supports the defense theory that another man was the killer
"...District Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett. Reed's attorneys insist that exculpatory evidence unavailable to Reed during his 1998 trial – evidence..."

March 31, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

New Evidence Points to Trouble for WilCo D.A.
After 25 years in prison, Michael Morton sees a glimmer of hope
"...life in prison. Among those who knew about the evidence was William­son County District Attorney John Bradley, whom Morton's..."

Aug. 26, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

New Evidence Could Clear Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed
Jimmy Fennell's impending trial on kidnapping and rape charges unearths old suspicions that he was responsible for the 1996 murder of his fiancée
"...death row inmate Rodney Reed are arguing that new evidence uncovered about the conduct of victim Stacey Stites' police-officer..."

July 25, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Anthony Graves Update: Evidence Reappears
Special prosecutor handling retrial of capital murder case against Graves finds cache of physical evidence thought lost last month
"...case against Anthony Graves found a cache of physical evidence that last month was thought lost. In court April..."

May 11, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

On Evidence, Pt. 2
"...Dear Editor, Some of the evidence that the prosecution is presenting to the jury in..."

Sept. 29, 2016 Postmarks

"Rebecca Marino: The Best Available Evidence" at grayDUCK Gallery
The exhibit drops viewers into the middle of the mystery of UFOs, but without providing any answers
"...out there. But how can we prove this? What evidence do we need? What leaps of faith must we..."

April 22, 2016 Arts Review by H.C. Arnold

Reed and Swearingen Evidence in Question
Two more death penalty cases under appeal scrutiny
"...filed in federal court a brief containing explosive new evidence that they say bolsters Reed's claim of actual innocence...."

Aug. 24, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Is the D.A. Hiding Evidence?
Judge Baird wants some answers from an assistant district attorney
"...state witness? Moreover, is this sort of suppression of evidence becoming a habit for McFarland?..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

FLDS Evidence in Dispute
Attorneys squabble over evidence taken during last spring's Yearning for Zion raid
"...a Mohave County, Ariz., Superior Court judge to suppress evidence taken from the West Texas compound of Jeffs' Fundamentalist..."

Jan. 30, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Yogurt Shop Saga: New Unknown DNA Evidence
The DNA of yet two more unknown males has been discovered
"...dismissed the charges in 2003, saying it lacked enough evidence to convict him. The case against Welborn, who prosecutors..."

Jan. 9, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: What Evidence?
Juan Castillo set for execution on May 16
"...about the confession, an important development, since no physical evidence tied Castillo to the crime. (The state has long..."

May 11, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

On Evidence
"...took place back then? It's almost virtually impossible. Circumstantial evidence is evidence that insinuates a person's guilt in a..."

Sept. 20, 2016 Postmarks

DNA Evidence Clears Morton of Murder Conviction
Georgetown man was wrongfully convicted for wife's murder
"...Morton's defense counsel and the Innocence Project that DNA evidence proves Morton was not responsible for the 1986 slaying..."

Oct. 7, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The Evidence of Silence Broken: Becoming Zell
How Zell Miller III came to be an acclaimed poet-performer is revealed in 'The Evidence of Silence Broken,' his hip-hop performance piece
"...That story is part of The Evidence of Silence Broken, a hip-hop performance piece that receives..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Rocha Case: New Drug Evidence Raises Questions About County Lab
First test showed no drugs in suspect; second contradicted
"...Rocha case, but also about the general reliability of evidence coming from the ME's office. "The Medical Examiner's office..."

July 22, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Crime Lab: Evidence of Improvement?
Audits on active forensic labs expected to begin before July's end
"...plans to continue efforts to clear the backlog of evidence, the bulk of which includes untested rape kits...."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Beside the Point: Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Ignorance
As we become submerged in factless policy-making, a request to return to reason
"...eight clinics in the state. When presented with scientific evidence, statistics, peer-reviewed research papers, testimony from relevant, qualified physicians,..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Mary Tuma

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