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Hair Analysis Underway in Texas


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JL
- 1877 days ago - innocenceproject.org
the Texas Forensic Science Commission (TFSC) voted unanimously Friday morning to review state criminal convictions that included testimony on microscopic hair analysis.



   

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Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:44 am
Noted, thanks.
 

. (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:09 am
Color me ignorant...I thought hair DNA was always an acceptable piece of evidence.
 

lee e (114)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:55 am
well Damn! I'm with Allan on this one! No wonder they have so many executions - they don't take the most rudimentary of tests to discover guilt of innocence forensically! I better stop watching my cop TV shows - that have been doing this for 20 years - leading ignorant me to believe this is a normal procedure, not only that but "touch" forensics, to judge skin DNA and blood spatter etc. -- if Texas is That backward, now I'm questioning how many other states follow the great example of the "lone star" (aptly named)!
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 11:57 am

I think it was Frontline but may have been Nova that spoke to many flaws and misconceptions about forensic science. (check with PBS,org) It may be that each of us has a distinct finger print, but at the current rate of required matches, there is huge room for mistakes. The FBI requires 10 point matches, but that is highest point match and many states have no base line. With a base line of only 10 points we are making mistakes. DNA analysis is far from being the final word. Real life and TV shows are not one in the same. Very few crime scenes are treated the way CSI does. Mistakes are common, and people are found guilty based on mistakes in a lab, not intentional mistakes, though prosecutors rarely tell this to a jury. Hair analysis without a root for DNA can often be wrong, though now we have even better techniques for hair analysis. When shows like CSI began there was a huge surge in crime labs across the country, labs that have since cut back on financing and many have lower the license requirements. Texas should be a part of this as in Texas we still kill people when there is doubt.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 12:22 pm
Wow, you mean our state is actually going to use (GASP) science????!!!!! About frikken time. As Kit says, we still kill people when the state doesn't truly know if they are truly guilty or innocent.
 

Roger G (148)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 1:58 pm
noted, thanks
 

Shirley S (187)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:48 pm
Hair analysis ???? What if somebody was wearing a WIG made from human hair ????
 

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:37 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:04 am
Shirley S. "YIKES!!!"
 
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