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Texas man's case highlights flaws in DNA evidence

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing has long been heralded as the "gold star" of evidence among both law enforcement officers and juries. In a world where television magic has convinced most people that DNA is always subjected to exacting tests and provides incontrovertible evidence of someone's guilt or innocence, it's easy to understand why jurors convicted a Texas man of murder based on the genetic material found under the victim's fingernails.

What's the weapon focus effect?

If you were faced with an armed robber, would your mind be on the gun or the robber's face? If you saw a shooting in the middle of a street, what would attract your attention more: The flash of the muzzle when the gun goes off or the actions of the shooter?

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