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Flawed hair evidence sent many to prison

Richard Beranek sits with his attorneys, Jarrett Adams (from left), Keith Findley and Bryce Benjet, in Dane County Circuit Court on Feb. 14. At right is the prosecution team of Assistant Attorney General Robert Kaiser and Assistant Dane County District Attorney Erin Hanson. Beranek, who has been in prison for 27 years, is seeking a new trial after DNA testing excluded him as the source of hair and semen found at the scene of a 1987 sexual assault. (Photo: Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism A 28-year-old mother of two was raped by a stranger in her home in rural Stoughton, Wisconsin. Before the attack, the woman was followed around town and received menacing, sexually charged phone ...

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