Courts & Crime

November 29, 2009 9:18 AM

Stakes are high as doubt is cast on forensic lab techniques

Firearms analysis has helped convict Texas defendants for decades. Others’ crimes were purportedly exposed by dog sniffing, hairs at crime scenes, latent fingerprints and gunpowder flakes. Now it’s up to the state commission tasked with investigating crime labs to move forward on a charge that will draw intense scrutiny to such analyses.

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