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Fighting forensic evidence may be easier than you think

Thanks to television and movies, most people think that forensic evidence can pinpoint a murderer's actions and identity with laser-like precision. The grim reality is that there's a lot of flawed forensics going on in the nation's labs -- particularly in Houston.

False DNA evidence and errors tie in to wrongful convictions

It seems like nearly everybody knows something about DNA. What they don't learn in high school science classes, they learn from the media and popular television crime dramas, and the knowledge they walk away with seems to always echo the same sentiment: DNA is infallible.

Does the Harris County shake-up mean good news for defendants?

There's been a big shake-up at the Harris County, Texas, prosecutor's office as incoming district attorney, Kim Ogg, handed out more than three dozen pink slips to some of the top prosecutors. The total represents a little more than 10 percent of the overall staff and a big change in managerial style.

Judge enforces broader discovery rules from Morton Act in Texas

The judge in a recent Texas murder case took a step so unusual that he noted that it was the first time he'd done it in 27 years on the bench: He instructed the jury that any evidence not saved or properly produced by the prosecution could be considered unfavorable to the state.

Criminal defense: the role of proven counsel across a broad realm

Although many things can seem uncertain to any individual in Texas who is arrested and subsequently charged with a crime in state or federal court, the sheer magnitude of resources readily available to investigators and prosecutors is not one of them.

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