Texas Forensic Science Commission

Justice Through Science


FSC Releases Stakeholder Roundtable Report

Posted by on June 6, 2012 - 12:00am

On June 6, 2012, the Commission provided a forum at the Texas State Capitol for issues of concern to forensic scientists, judges, legislators, policymakers, law enforcement and attorneys. The purpose was to identify the most pressing issues facing the forensic science community and highlight possibilities for improving the quality of forensic science and accessibility of forensic services to stakeholders in Texas. Collectively, these roundtable discussions helped identify the most critical issues in our state and allowed those who have already implemented successful new practices to share their success. Through this exchange, the group identified specific areas in which stakeholders may work collaboratively to improve the quality of forensic science in Texas. 

Read the Stakeholder Roundtable Report 

FSC Releases FY 2011 Annual Report

Posted by on April 1, 2012 - 12:00am

The Texas Forensic Science Commission has released the FY 2011 annual report.  

Governor Perry Appoints Vincent Di Maio Presiding Officer

Posted by on March 27, 2012 - 12:00am

Gov. Rick Perry has named Vincent Di Maio of San Antonio chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission for a term at the pleasure of the governor.

Read the full announcement

Willingham/Willis Addendum Report Approved

Posted by on October 28, 2011 - 12:00am

On April 15, 2011, after extensive deliberations regarding the Willingham/Willis complaint filed by the Innocence Project in August 2007, the Texas Forensic Science Commission (“FSC” or “Commission”) issued its written report. (See www.fsc.state.tx.us). 

This addendum supplements the report and should be read in conjunction with it.

Moon Investigative Report Approved

Posted by on September 8, 2011 - 12:00am

Attorney General Opinion Issued

Posted by on July 29, 2011 - 12:00am

In response to a request by the FSC, the Attorney General has issued an opinion regarding the FSC's investigative authority.

Read the response here

Read the original request

FSC releases report in Willingham/Willis case

Posted by on April 15, 2011 - 12:00am

This report sets forth the FSC’s observations regarding the history and progress of fire science, including incendiary indicators and related investigative issues. It takes a forward-looking approach, suggesting concrete training and educational initiatives. Observations regarding the state of fire science and suggestions for continued advancement are not limited to the Willingham and Willis cases, but rather apply generally to arson investigations in Texas. 


Attorney General's Initial Response

Posted by on February 3, 2011 - 12:00am

Attorney General's initial response regarding the investigative authority of the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Read the response here

FSC Requests AG Opinion

Posted by on January 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Request for Attorney General opinion regarding the jurisdictional scope of the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

Read the request here

Texas Forensic Science Commission Hires General Counsel

Posted by on December 13, 2010 - 11:00pm

The Texas Forensic Science Commission (FSC) has hired Ms. Lynn M. Robitaille to serve as the first FSC General Counsel. She is the second employee of the relatively new agency, created by the Texas Legislature in 2005. The FSC has nine commissioners who oversee the investigation of allegations of forensic science negligence or misconduct in accredited laboratories, arising from evidence used in criminal cases. 

Ms. Robitaille has over ten years of experience conducting internal investigations in response to criminal and civil actions, developing legal compliance and training programs, and advising clients in a range of litigation matters. Her work has included responding to allegations of professional misconduct by whistleblowers, law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and collaborating with forensic experts. 

Ms. Robitaille graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with honors, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. She is involved in many pro bono endeavors, including serving as a mentor to high school debate students in Austin through the Jack Jenkins Debate Opportunity Fund. 

 “The addition of Ms. Robitaille to the FSC staff is a big step forward in the development of professional oversight of forensic science in Texas,” said FSC Chair John Bradley, who also serves as the elected district attorney in Williamson County. “This Commission is just beginning to develop an agency that can set national standards...


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