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Anatomy of a Crime Lab: Winning Convictions ‘On the Cheap’

A year-long investigation into the operations of the New Orleans Police Department crime lab raises questions about the validity of thousands of drug cases prosecuted in the city, writes journalist Matthew Nesvet, who argues the “flawed” procedures employed at many crime labs around the country have facilitated mass incarceration.

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Can the Sixth Amendment Protect Defendants from Junk Science?

Two cases before the Maryland Court of Appeals are expected to address how the constitutional right to confront witnesses applies to forensic analysts whose conclusions are used as evidence in criminal cases. The cases could have far-reaching consequences in limiting the use of many aspects of forensic science that have been discredited.