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Firearms expert padded his resume

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Joseph Kopera testified as a ballistics expert in countless cases for many years. It turned out that he grossly padded his resume. He committed suicide earlier this month as he faced questions about his credentials.

Mr. Kopera worked as a ballistics expert for state and federal prosecutions in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. For defendants and defense counsel who have had cases involving him, the time is ripe to determine whether to seek appropriate relief from the courts from any convictions under his watch. Jon Katz.