Innocence Project client William Barnhouse has become the 350th DNA exoneree in the US. See https://www.innocenceproject.org/this-week-in-innocence-news-5-12-17/. Indiana prosecutors this week announced that they would dismiss rape charges against him. Barnhouse was released in March after 25 years in prison.
The latest statistics are out on DNA exonerations in the US. See https://www.innocenceproject.org/dna-exonerations-in-the-united-states/
On 10 May 2017 the WA Government announced a review into PathWest which will look back over 15 years. See https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2017/05/PathWest-review-will-look-back-15-years.aspx
James Robertson has written a very useful article/review in the most recent edition of the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences entitled "Managing the forensic examination of human hairs in contemporary forensic practice" Vol.49 No.3 2017 239-260.
The Changing Landscape of Forensic Science in Australia and New Zealand: Editorial in Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences 2017
I was interested to read an Editorial by James Robertson (National Centre for Forensic Studies, University of Canberra) in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences Vol.49 No.3 2017 237-238 on the changing landscape of forensic science in Australia and New Zealand. It followed on from two previous editorials for Volume 49 by Linzi Wilson-Wilde and Adrian Linacre in their respective new roles as Director ANZPAA NIFS (Australian and New Zealand Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Sciences) and President of ANZFSS (Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society).
Currently reading Robin Bowles' latest book Into the Darkness: The Mysterious Death of Phoebe Handsjuk (Scribe Melbourne 2016). The book outlines the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 24 year old Phoebe Handsjuk in Melbourne in December 2010. Phoebe was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute in luxury apartments in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 12 floors below the apartment that she shared with her boyfriend. At the time of her death she had been heavily affected by alcohol and had taken the sleeping drug Stilnox.
An article by Eliza Laschon from the ABC yesterday, 27 April 2017, reports on a shocking miscarriage of justice where a man was wrongfully convicted of an offence over a decade ago after the PathWest laboratory wrongly matched his DNA and did not check the date of birth. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-27/man-wrongly-convicted-over-pathwest-dna-bungle-govt-wants-answer/8475888?pfmredir=sm
Channel 7's Sunday Night provided a full program on Sunday evening, 16 April 2017, outlining the wrongful conviction murder case of Henry Keogh. See https://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/features/a/35034094/there-are-others-henry-keoghs-fight-for-justice/#page1
The Further Right to Appeal Case of Van Beelen is to be heard by the High Court in Adelaide from 21 to 22 June 2017
The SA further right to appeal case of Van Beelen is to be heard by the High Court in Adelaide from 21 to 22 June 2017. For the history of the High Court's involvement in this matter and a copy of relevant submissions see here: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/case_a8-2017
Perth Now reports today (31 March 2017) that convictions in some of WA's highest profile murder cases may be thrown into doubt following the sacking of one of the State's leading DNA scientists who was found to have breached testing protocols over six years. See http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/dna-experts-sacking-puts-convictions-in-doubt/news-story/5effe7780cff17f8beb3f36eb67ddb8e