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EVENT: M. CHRIS FABRICANT - Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Event graphic of M. Chris Fabricant next to an image of the cover of Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 - 7:00pm
Free
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

M. Chris Fabricant in conversation with Lynn Robitaille Garcia.

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  • The event will take place on the second floor of our store. 
  • The event will begin at 7 PM.
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.
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ABOUT JUNK SCIENCE AND THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

From CSI to Forensic Files to the celebrated reputation of the FBI crime lab, forensic scientists have long been mythologized in American popular culture as infallible crime solvers. Juries put their faith in "expert witnesses" and innocent people have been executed as a result. Innocent people are still on death row today, condemned by junk science.

In 2012, the Innocence Project began searching for prisoners convicted by junk science, and three men, each convicted of capital murder, became M. Chris Fabricant's clients. Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System chronicles the fights to overturn their wrongful convictions and to end the use of the "science" that destroyed their lives. Weaving together courtroom battles from Mississippi to Texas to New York City and beyond, Fabricant takes the reader on a journey into the heart of a broken, racist system of justice and the role forensic science plays in maintaining the status quo.

At turns gripping, enraging, illuminating, and moving, Junk Science is a meticulously researched insider's perspective of the American criminal justice system. Previously untold stories of wrongful executions, corrupt prosecutors, and quackery masquerading as science animate Fabricant's true crime narrative.

ABOUT M. CHRIS FABRICANT

M. Chris Fabricant is the Innocence Project’s Director of Strategic Litigation and one of the nation’s leading experts on forensic sciences and the criminal justice system. Fabricant is featured in the Netflix documentary The Innocence Files and his public commentary has been published in virtually every major media outlet. A former public defender and clinical law professor, Fabricant brings to his writing over two decades of experience ranging from litigating death penalty cases in the Deep South to misdemeanors in the South Bronx. Born in New York City and raised in Sedona, Arizona, Fabricant has lived in Brooklyn since graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1997. He is the author of Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System.

ABOUT LYNN ROBITAILLE GARCIA

Lynn Robitaille Garcia joined the Texas Forensic Science Commission (FSC) as General Counsel on December 14, 2010. Ms. Garcia assists the Commission with investigations, provides legal advice, tracks developments in legislation relevant to the FSC’s mission, ensures compliance with the Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act, and represents the Commission at various conferences and stakeholder meetings. Ms. Garcia has over eighteen years of experience conducting investigations in response to criminal and civil actions, developing legal compliance and training programs, and advising clients in litigation. Ms. Garcia graduated from UMass Amherst with honors. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC in 2000.

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