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Saturday, September 28 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Evidence to the Contrary

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The dangers of junk forensic science

Moderator
avatar for Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff

Senior Writer at ProPublica and Writer-at-Large for The New York Times Magazine
Colloff joined ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine in 2017 after serving as an executive editor and staff writer for Texas Monthly. While at Texas Monthly, she earned a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing for her 2012 story, "The Innocent Man." Colloff was awarded the... Read More →

Speakers
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Elsa Alcala

Policy Director for Texas Defender Service
Alcala joined Texas Defender Service, a nonprofit that aims to improve the quality of representation for those facing the death penalty, in January. Previously, she served for seven years on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and for nine years on the First Court of Appeals. Alcala... Read More →
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Steven Chaney

Exoneree
Chaney was declared innocent by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in December 2018 after serving 28 years in prison for a 1987 murder. Following his case, the Texas Forensic Science Commission recommended a moratorium on bite-mark analysis, which was used in Chaney’s conviction... Read More →
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Lynn Garcia

General Counsel of the Texas Forensic Science Commission
Garcia joined the Texas Forensic Science Commission in 2010. As general counsel, she assists with investigations, provides legal advice and represents the commission in various stakeholder meetings. Garcia has over 18 years of experience conducting investigations in response to criminal... Read More →
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Jarvis Parsons

Brazos County District Attorney
Parsons is currently serving his second term as Brazos County district attorney. He was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Texas Forensic Science Commission and serves as president of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, which oversees training for over 1,500 prosecutors... Read More →


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