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: Looking at years of forensic quality issues, D.C. agencies to launch post-conviction reviews in light of crisis at Department of Forensic Sciences – The Washington Post

Almost a decade ago, this lab lost its “independence” from law enforcement control, and the police/DA/mayor bunch took over. It has gone down hill ever since. The department lost its accreditation in May and recently came under fire for alleged policies in its crime lab’s quality-control system.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/10/15/dc-agencies-launch-post-conviction-reviews-light-crisis-department-forensic-sciences/

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Forensics: Money making Detection Dog Program | Global Forensic and Justice Center | Florida International University

Let us see some data, on false positives, negatives, and blinded dog handler protocols. They always start by saying how dogs have more olfactory capabilities and then use their “successes” rather than proper testing methods. Here is a recent article about these concerns. https://www.science.org/content/article/should-dog-s-sniff-be-enough-convict-person-murder

Here is the promo article on detection dog successes and popularity with law enforcement.

Research and training program of detection dogs to locate COVID, agricultural diseases, and dangerous chemicals and protect the public safety.
— Read on gfjc.fiu.edu/research/detector-dogs/index.html

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Forensics: Opinion | Thousands of missed police killings prove we must address systemic bias in forensic science

I wonder what antics this will produce from the US National Asso of Medical Examiners?

A new study concludes that, over nearly 40 years, medical examiners and coroners undercounted police killings by more than half.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/15/medical-examiners-forensics-bias-police-killings/

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Forensics: How is this considered reliable? Should a dog’s sniff be enough to convict a person of murder? | Science | AAAS

Should a dog’s sniff be enough to convict a person of murder? | Science | AAAS
— Read on www.science.org/content/article/should-dog-s-sniff-be-enough-convict-person-murder

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Forensics: ‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists

Forensics haven’t gotten this bad yet. But its close. @theNAME1966 histrionics against @JeffKukucla and #ItelDror’s paper on #forensicpathology#cognitive#bias surely is utterly abominable. Thanks to Elizabeth Bik and @BiancaNogrady

Dozens of researchers tell Nature they have received death threats, or threats of physical or sexual violence.
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02741-x

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Forensics: Snakeology of bitemarks against Kerala man who let loose cobra on his wife convicted of murder | Latest News India

I’d love to see the data set produced by this test.

During the autopsy of the dead cobra, it was also found that it was starved for a week to make it more aggressive | Latest News India
— Read on www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/kerala-man-who-let-loose-cobra-on-his-wife-convicted-of-murder-101633953785945.html

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Forensics: Bogus Data. Study Saying COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Heart Inflammation Pulled

The calculations in the study by researchers at The University of Ottawa were used to promote the idea that the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe for use.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/study-saying-covid-19-vaccines-cause-heart-inflammation-pulled-2021-10

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Forensics: The 2018 California Wildfires: Integration of Rapid DNA to Dramatically Accelerate Victim Identification – Gin – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences

Notable application of DNA. Dental IDs still have some use, but times are changing.

The 2018 California Wildfires: Integration of Rapid DNA to Dramatically Accelerate Victim Identification – Gin – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1556-4029.14284

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Forensics: Cook County Board Approves Rapid DNA System for Medical Examiner’s Office

90 minute processing for an ID. Old lab took 8 months.

Cook County Board Approves Rapid DNA System for Medical Examiner’s Office (Cook County, IL) – The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved funding [Thursday] for a rapid DNA system for the County’s Medical Examiner’s Office.
— Read on thesouthlandjournal.com/cook-county-board-approves-rapid-dna-system-for-medical-examiners-office/

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Forensics: More fluff and puff about the Zodiac killer. Forehead “scars” as evidence?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58837900

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