FSC Releases Report in SWIFS Firearm/Tool Mark Investigation from Complaint Filed by Attorney Frank Blazek
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FSC Releases Report in Forensic Bitemark Comparison Complaint Filed by National Innocence Project on Behalf of Steven Mark Chaney
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FSC Releases Report in Forensic Video Analysis Height Determination Complaint filed on behalf of George W. Powell, III.
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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.
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review of arson convictions where there was a credible and substantial allegation that those convictions were based on outdated science or methodology.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.
Please click here to access the Commission's 2015 Annual Report.
Final Report (Click to download)
ASCLD/LAB responds to the Commission’s request for clarification on DNA Mixture Interpretation requirements
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.