Fabricating Evidence to Lock Up Latinos & Blacks: Austin crime lab mistakes linked to cases of 2,200 convicts


Travis County prosecutors as early as Friday will begin notifying about 2,200 convicted criminals — including people in prison for murder and rape — that forensic evidence in their cases may have been flawed because of faulty testing at the Austin police crime lab, and that they may be entitled to an appeal.

The first batch of letters will be mailed to 642 people who have addresses that prosecutors and investigators have been able to recently verify, and officials said they are pressing forward to locate the other 1,559 defendants in coming days and to notify them as soon as possible. [MORE]