Thursday, January 12, 2006

Houston crime lab scandal

[Update: USA Today reports that the "FBI is reviewing the cases of all state and federal prisoners scheduled for execution to determine whether bureau fingerprint examiners made errors that led to death sentences." More as the story develops]

Even as we await word on the DNA test results in the case of Roger Keith Coleman, who went to his death proclaiming his innocence, the lid is being blown off of the ongoing Houston crime lab scandal. The Houston Chronicle is now reporting that the laboratory conducted flawed DNA testing in the cases of at least three individuals -- and possibly a fourth -- who are now on Texas death row awaiting execution.

To read the latest, go here.

FYI, three of the Texas inmates' names are Franklin Dewayne Alix, Juan Carlos Alvarez, and Gilmar Alex Guevara. I do not know the fourth person's name.

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