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Jeff Blackburn ObitOn Tuesday, February 7, 2023, Jeff Blackburn passed away from cancer at the age of 65. A cofounder of the Innocence Project of Texas, Jeff was instrumental in exposing a sham drug-sting operation involving nearly fifty innocent residents of Tulia and worked tirelessly to achieve a posthumous exoneration for Timothy Cole, a Texas Tech student and Army veteran who was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in 1986 and died of an asthma attack while in prison. The list of contributions Jeff made to criminal justice reform—especially in collaboration with Governor Rick Perry’s administration—is long and well chronicled. His role in changing forensic science is discussed less.We met Jeff in our respective roles with two organizations—the Texas Forensic Science Commission and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s…

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