Nationwide, problems with lab interpretation of complex DNA mixtures persist. I’ve been working on a writ of habeas corpus involving complex mixture DNA samples.  I have written about this several times.  In this entry I would like to emphasis that this is not just a local San Diego issue, but rather an issue of national…

Murder Conviction Overturned on Invalid DNA Evidence On October 6, 2017, the San Diego Superior Court overturned Florencio Dominguez’ (my client’s) murder conviction on a petition for Habeas Corpus. The success rate on getting a conviction overturned on habeas is less than one percent. This illustrates how significant this outcome is for my client and…

San Diego Cases involving DNA prior to April 2011 need to be reviewed… immediately. And the San Diego DA’s office has known this for a long time. In April 2011, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) crime lab fundamentally changed the way it interprets DNA evidence involving mixture samples. Mixture samples are DNA evidence collected that…

A felony arrest can be a life changing experience fraught with anxiety and fear. Most of those feelings are because you don’t know what is going to happen. What can I expect when I go to court?  What are my rights? How long will this take? Will I be able to get out of jail?…

Hiring an investigator may be the most important thing you do in defense of your criminal charges. Retaining a good criminal defense investigator ensures that your defense team can hit the ground running. Most people who get charged with a crime have enough common sense to hire an attorney. However, not many people think about…

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