FOR THE OREGONIAN: OREGON CASE PUTS RELIABILITY OF SCIENCE ITSELF ON TRIAL
Oregon Department of Corrections inmate No. 88329999 is a convicted murderer serving three life sentences for a 1998 triple homicide at a mobile home in West Salem. Inside the Oregon State Penitentiary, that inmate, Philip Scott Cannon, spends every waking moment poring over legal documents as if his life depends on it. Because it does.
While the 42-year-old inmate may appear to be just another lifer shuffling through the system, he is, in fact, on the front lines of a quiet revolution overtaking the nation's criminal justice system. The "bullet lead analysis" that was the prosecution's primary tool in an otherwise circumstantial case against Cannon has since been discarded as bad science. The FBI no longer uses it. Read more >>