"Reformers have for years recommended that all forensic labs be independent from law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies' and this is a key reform promoted by The Justice Project (2008). But fixing these problems is only half the answer' because half of the wrongful convictions attributed to misleading forensic evidence involved deliberate forensic fraud' evidence tampering' and/or perjury.
From "The Elephant in the Crime Lab," by co-authored by Sheila Berry and Larry Ytuarte; Forensic Examiner; Spring, 2009;
STORY: "Man's double-murder conviction vacated, granted new trial," published by The Chicago Sun-Times on October 26, 2016.
GIST: "A man who said he was beaten by former Chicago Police Reynaldo Guevara and forced to confess to a double murder had his conviction vacated Wednesday and was granted a new trial, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Jose Maysonet said Guevara hit him with a flashlight and phone while he was handcuffed to a wall during his interrogation for the slayings on May 25, 1990. Maysonet, now 48, also said he did not know English when he was forced to confess to the shooting deaths of brothers Torrence and Kevin Wiley. According to a lawsuit Maysonet filed last year against his former attorneys, the only evidence against him at his 1995 trial was a confession obtained by Guevara. Guevara has been accused of framing other murder suspects whose convictions were later vacated. Maysonet had his conviction and sentence vacated by Cook County Judge Rickey Jones, according to court records. Maysonet had been serving a life sentence for the murders, said Jennifer Bonjean, his current attorney."
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: http://www.thestar.com/topic/
Harold Levy. Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.