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FSC Releases Report in SWIFS Firearm/Tool Mark Investigation from Complaint Filed by Attorney Frank Blazek

Posted by on April 19, 2016 - 2:05pm

Click HERE for a complete copy of the final investigative report.

FSC Releases Report in Forensic Bitemark Comparison Complaint Filed by National Innocence Project on Behalf of Steven Mark Chaney

Posted by on April 18, 2016 - 3:57pm

Please click HERE for a full copy of the final investigative report.

FSC Releases Report in Forensic Video Analysis Height Determination Complaint filed on behalf of George W. Powell, III.

Posted by on April 18, 2016 - 3:06pm

Click HERE to access a copy of the final investigative report.  

Commission Selects Licensing Advisory Committee Members

Posted by on December 7, 2015 - 3:04pm

At a December 2, 2015 meeting in Austin, the Commission selected eight candidates and one alternate to serve on its Licensing Advisory Committee tasked with advising the Commission and making recommendations on matters related to the licensing of forensic analysts in Texas.  Please visit our Licensing page for a list of those selected.  The Licensing Advisory Committee will have its first meeting in Austin on February 11, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

IAAI Endorses Texas Science Advisory Workgroup

Posted by on December 7, 2015 - 11:17am

In a December 7, 2015 statement, the largest professional organization of fire investigators in the world, the International Association for Arson Investigators (IAAI), endorsed the Texas model for multidiscipline science review panels.  Specifically, the IAAI supports Texas' independent, multidisciplinary Science Advisory Workgroup led by Texas State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy--the group that conducted the post-conviction review of arson convictions where there was a credible and substantial allegation that those convictions were based on outdated science or  methodology.  The IAAI encourages every state to follow the Texas model for review and offers assistance to jurisdictions through IAAI's Public Agency Advisory Committee, in locating resources for reviews of the science and methodology underlying arson convictions.  For a copy of the article, please click here.

FSC Releases 2015 Annual Report

Posted by on December 1, 2015 - 10:13am

Please click here to access the Commission's 2015 Annual Report. 

FSC Releases Report in IFL Firearm/Tool Mark Investigation

Posted by on November 12, 2015 - 4:55pm

Final Report (Click to download)

September 28, 2015 Rio Grande Identification Project Meeting

Posted by on October 8, 2015 - 9:45am

On September 28, 2015, the Commission's Rio Grande Identification Project Panel met with stakeholders to begin a discussion for development of best practices for the collection and processing of DNA and other forensic evidence from human remains found within 120 miles of the Rio Grande River.  For a copy of the agenda and other materials presented at the meeting, please visit our website here

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