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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Planned Texas execution under unprecedented US and international scrutiny. This article says why.

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/08/rodney-reed-death-row-texas/

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Forensics: Dundee and Glasgow take a look at the bitemarkers

Let’s see if prosecutors and the judiciary get the gumption and honesty to see this as the death knell for bitemark flim flam. Congrats to the Scots and Open Access publishing!

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00414-019-02163-5

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#Forensics: Cop DUI machines busted. 

…..and the police want to do their DNA rapid and inhouse. Yikes. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/business/drunk-driving-breathalyzer.html

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#Forensics: Despite cops now using FRT, Government should recommend moratorium on use of facial recognition in Scotland, say academics.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/government-should-recommend-moratorium-on-use-of-facial-recognition-in-scotland-academics-say-1-5038321

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#Forensics: read the difference between hanging vs strangulation. Special focus on the hyoid bone, cartilage, and vertebral fractures.

By Judy Melinek MD

One might infer from this lit review, that the Epstein family’s medical expert has gone WAY OUT on a limb.

https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff/83087

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#Forensics: learn something abiut voodoo/conjure and hoodoo – Happy Halloween

Love these OA articles! This study contains good information about cultural aspects of certain crime scenes. Perfect for your day Day of the Dead festivities.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X1930155X

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#Forensics: Contextual bias influences and weak forensic testing results leads to jury overestimation of guilt

When police lab results are weak or ambiguous, juries commonly use non science circumstances to increase its value.

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-csi-current-impact-bias-crime.html

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#Forensics: 16 minutes on DNA profiling, the good and the bad. From Dan Krane in Ohio

The opponents (i.e. prosecutors) to Dan’s methodology say that standards for minimum sample size and commercial profiling companies testing for inconsistencies and unreliabilities are not necessary. Of course they do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpPkmDeS3Dg

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#Forensics: Syrian Refugee Develops Dentistry Tech to ID Gender of War Victims

Finally, some legitimate research in the area of forensic dentistry. Kudos to Univ of Dundee and this young researcher.

Syrian refugee Rawad Qaq has unveiled his Sex Calculator, which could help forensic scientists predict the sex of a skull.
— Read on digit.fyi/syrian-refugee-develops-dentistry-tech-to-id-gender-of-war-victims/

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#Forensics #DNA U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum-Seekers’ DNA

Similar to building walls in Colorado? The Trump administration ignores US untested rape specimens and will collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and add the information to a massive FBI database. Trump and the GOP continue to protray undoc immigrants as a mass of invading criminals.
— Read on time.com/5705878/asylum-seekers-dna-collection-trump-administration/

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