Tag: DNA

Nov 14

Alan Staines Exonerated Of 2004 Burglary By Discovery Lab Misidentified Him As Source Of Crime DNA

Alan Staines’ 2004 burglary conviction in Perth, Australia was overturned on November 13, 2017 by the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The Court ruled Staines’ conviction was a miscarriage of justice based on new evidence a laboratory misidentified him as the source of crime scene DNA. The ruling written by Justice Stephen Hall stated that …

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May 13

Alan Staines Cleared Of 2004 Burglary Conviction Caused By Bungled DNA Identification

Alan Staines outside court after his burglary conviction was set aside (Heather McNeill)

Alan Staines has been cleared of a 2004 burglary in Perth, Australia. More than a dozen years after his conviction, the lab that conducted the DNA test of crime scene evidence discovered it misidentified him as matching the evidence. The police collected blood stain evidence during their investigation of a home invasion in Perth’s southern …

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Apr 14

Human Hair Protein Identification Can Be More Precise Than DNA Testing

Glendon Parker, biochemist inventor of using human hair protein markers as an identification technique. (LLNL)

A groundbreaking technique of biological identification that relies on information encoded in proteins of human hair has been developed by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a Utah startup company, and collaborators from seven universities in the United States and England. The hair protein testing technique was invented in March 2013 by Biochemist Glendon …

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Mar 03

Eric Asante Exonerated By DNA Of Defiling Student In 2005

Eric Asante after his release from prison in 2015 (The Mirror, Accra)

Eric Asante has been acquitted by the Supreme Court of Ghana of defiling a 14-year-old girl in 2005. Asante’s acquittal was based on a DNA paternity test that excluded him as the father of the son born to the now 26-year-old woman. In 2005 Eric Asante was 28 and a teacher at the Nyorhini Presby …

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Jun 26

New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Expert Testimony By Skype Violates Right To Confront Witness

District Judge Samuel L. Winder (Albuquerque Journal)

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the remote two-way video testimony of an expert by Skype violated the federal constitutional right of a defendant to confront that expert in court. The body of 28-year-old Guadalupe Ashford was found on June 3, 2010 near at the edge of an abandoned apartment complex’s parking lot in …

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Jan 30

Kengo Iwamoto’s Rape Conviction Tossed In Japan Based On False DNA Trial Testimony

Kengo Iwamoto (KYODO)

Kengo Iwamoto has been acquitted of rape by the Fukuoka High Court in Japan based on new evidence the prosecution presented false DNA evidence at his trial. Iwamoto was 19 when he was charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in October 2012 in Kagoshima, Japan. Kagoshima is on the southwestern tip of Kyushu island, about …

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Oct 22

Derral Wayne Hodgkins Released From Death Row After Acquittal Of Murder By Florida Supreme Court

Derral Wayne Hodgkins (Florida DOC)

Derral Wayne Hodgkins was released from Florida’s Death Row on October 12, 2015, after his acquittal by the Florida Supreme Court of the 2006 murder of his longtime friend Teresa Lodge. Lodge was murdered in her apartment in Land O’Lakes, Florida, sometime from the afternoon of September 27, 2006 to the early morning of September …

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Sep 17

Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown Exonerated By New Evidence After 31 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Leon Brown after his exoneration on September 2, 2014 (Jenny Warburg)

After 31 years of wrongful imprisonment half-brothers Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown were released based on new evidence they are innocent of the rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs, North Carolina in September 1983. The new evidence was the DNA profile identified from a cigarette butt found near Ms. Buie’s …

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May 14

Kirstin Blaise Lobato And Jeffrey Deskovic Featured In Debut Episode Of Al Jazeera America Cable Series

The System with Joe Berlinger (full poster)

The cases of Kirstin Blaise Lobato and Jeffrey Deskovic are featured in the first episode of an eight-part documentary series about the state of the legal system in the United States. The series — “The System, with Joe Berlinger” — will premiere on Sunday, May 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Pacific time, on the …

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Jun 26

Marcus Lyons Awarded $5 Million For Wrongful Rape Conviction

Marcus Lyons at a press conference announcing the settlement of his lawsuit for $5 million on June 7, 2012 (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune)

Marcus Lyons has settled his lawsuit against the Village of Woodridge, Illinois and three of its police officers for $5 million. Lyons sued the city after he was exonerated in 2007 of a 1987 sexual assault. Woodridge is a suburb of Chicago. Rebecca Auten, a 29-year-old Caucasian woman living in the same apartment complex as …

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