Forensics Canada: Bitemarkers run amok; Courts and DAs prefer case precedence over science.

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This is a 50 page UBC Law Review narrative on the inadequacies of courts to recognize junk “forensic” experts. Battling Canadian bitemarkers leave a trail of exaggerated claims and criminal case law that is blind to scientific principles.

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Forensics: 40 hour course qualifies to do BPA. Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Finds ‘Conclusions Were Often Erroneous’

Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Finds ‘Conclusions Were Often Erroneous’ – Reason.com
— Read on reason.com/2021/06/11/study-on-bloodstain-pattern-analysis-finds-conclusions-were-often-erroneous/

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Forensics: Opinion | Ignoring deep-seated problems at D.C.’s crime lab will cost lives and taxpayers – The Washington Post

DC Politicos are whitewashing these issues.

The Department of Forensic Sciences needs oversight and new leadership committed to scientific integrity.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/06/11/dc-crime-lab-disaster-council-bowser/

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Forensics: “Not enough data.” NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods | NIST

Of course, US courts mostly allow the probabilistic interpretation of DNA mixtures such as STRmix. Typical when commercially developed methods go straight into crime labs then into the justice system which are generally unprepared to eval their foundation versus user assertions of accuracy.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published
— Read on www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2021/06/nist-publishes-review-dna-mixture-interpretation-methods

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Forensics: Accuracy and Reproducibility of Conclusions by Forensic Bloodstain Pattern Analysts – ScienceDirect

Error rates and disagreement between examiners.

Accuracy and Reproducibility of Conclusions by Forensic Bloodstain Pattern Analysts – ScienceDirect
— Read on www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073821001766

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Forensics: Renowned chemist refuses UNC job due to suppression of 1619 Black journalist mistreatment.

www.huffpost.com/entry/top-candidate-turns-down-unc-job-cites-schools-mistreatment-of-nikole-hannah-jones_n_60b91f02e4b0fd4b8697361e

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Forensics: Good review on judicial weaknesses. Stop Using Junk Science in the Courtroom – The Daily Utah Chronicle

  In 1985, Robert Lee Stinson was convicted of raping and murdering a 63-year-old woman based on so-called expert testimony that his bite matched a mark on the victim’s body. He spent over 23 years in prison but was later exonerated by other DNA evidence. Many people, like Stinson, lose years of life because of…
— Read on dailyutahchronicle.com/2021/05/31/cushman-junk-science-courtroom/

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Forensics: Anthropology. The history and evolution of the Denisovan-EPAS1 haplotype in Tibetans | PNAS

Looking deeper into my ancestry and found this.

The history and evolution of the Denisovan-EPAS1 haplotype in Tibetans | PNAS
— Read on www.pnas.org/content/118/22/e2020803118

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Forensics: INTERPOL unveils new global database to identify missing persons through family DNA

Using cutting-edge technology, I-Familia can help police close cold cases and families to rebuild their lives.
— Read on www.interpol.int/News-and-Events/News/2021/INTERPOL-unveils-new-global-database-to-identify-missing-persons-through-family-DNA

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Pending law to correct wrongful convictions could depend on Missouri attorney general • Missouri

This new law supported by an amicus brief of notable list of ex-judges who realize false convictions exist.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has opposed calls for relief in nearly every wrongful conviction case since 2000.
— Read on missouriindependent.com/2021/06/01/pending-law-to-correct-wrongful-convictions-could-depend-on-missouri-attorney-general/

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Forensics: New Fire Evidence and biased fire report Could Exonerate Man In 1999 Virginia Fire That Killed His Son

New evidence the Virginia Attorney General’s Office has characterized as compelling could prove that a fatal Augusta County fire did not happen the way a jury was told it did more than two decades ago. Ledford is asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to grant a writ of actual innocence to clear his name and free him from a 50- year prison sentence.
— Read on insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/new-evidence-could-exonerate-man-in-1999-virginia-fire-that-killed-his-son

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