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Amelia Maxfield, Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Once thought to be infallible, the use of unvalidated or improper forensic sciences was a contributing factor in 47 percent of the first 325 DNA exonerations across the country, see The Innocence Project, “Causes of Wrongful Conviction” (last visited Aug. 11, 2018). For nearly a decade the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been successfully challenging the use of unvalidated or outdated forensic sciences through advocacy for those wrongly convicted, and by trying to prevent these injustices from happening. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has secured the release of clients convicted based on an outdated arson investigation, invalid “shaken baby syndrome” diagnosis, and a bite-mark comparison. In addition to challenging flawed forensic sciences in post-conviction litigation, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project consults pretrial in flawed forensic science cases.

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