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: Law enforcement in Bay Area, across country bring attention to cold cases on ‘National Missing Person Day’

It is National Missing Person Day, a time when officers in the U.S. will be highlighting unsolved cases in hopes of finding people’s loved ones – or at the very least, bringing them closure.
— Read on www.fox13news.com/news/law-enforcement-across-country-remind-community-of-cold-cases-on-national-missing-person-day

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Forensics: Another #NamUS case. Cowlitz County John Doe (2020) is Identified

Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office Partners with Othram to Identify a Man Found in 2020
— Read on dnasolves.com/articles/cowlitz-county-jade-david-feigert/

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Forensics: Blood spatter arguments a big issue. SC v. Alex Murdaugh: Murdaugh Family Murders

Disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh, 54, is accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh,
— Read on www.courttv.com/news/sc-v-alex-murdaugh-murdaugh-family-murders/

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Forensics: #NamUS works!! Woman found dead in 1971 identified with help of crowdfunded DNA testing; police still looking for killer

It took five days to crowdfund forensic testing for a 52-year-old unsolved homicide, police said.
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/news/colleen-audrey-rice-found-dead-1971-identified-crowdfunded-dna-testing-police-look-for-suspect/

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Forensics: “100% certainty” in play plus stains on T-shirt not blood leads to Alex Murdaugh Fights to Bar Blood Spatter Evidence From Murder Trial

The disgraced South Carolina lawyer accused of killing his wife and son says blood-spatter evidence from a T-shirt is garbage.
— Read on www.thedailybeast.com/alex-murdaugh-fights-to-bar-blood-spatter-evidence-from-murder-trial

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Forensics: “Cargo Cult”experts. We Need To Get Junk Science Out of Courtrooms

Forensic pseudoscience introduced into the courtroom has been used to convict and render death on people based on the thinnest of evidence.

— Read on www.currentaffairs.org/2023/01/we-need-to-get-junk-science-out-of-courtrooms

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Forensics: Another tabloid sensation. Uranium found at Heathrow Airport

Last week there was a flurry of stories about the discovery of uranium in a shipment of scrap metal. In a highly speculative story British tabloid, The Sun mentioned that the uranium could be used to make a “dirty bomb.” Just how dangerous was the illicit uranium?
— Read on www.acsh.org/news/2023/01/20/uranium-found-heathrow-airport-16819

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Forensics: #NamUS. Prme case for genetic testing. Remains of child found in Carroll in 2022

Remains found in the Iron Ridge section of Carroll County in 2022 are those of a child approximately four to seven years in age according to a report by the…
— Read on www.thecarrollnews.com/news/10242/remains-of-child-found-in-carroll-in-2022

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Forensics: Searchers for missing Oklahoma girl find remains of child

Alysia Adams later told investigators that Ivon Adams beat Athena Brownfield at about midnight Dec. 25, according to an affidavit.
— Read on www.courttv.com/news/searchers-for-missing-oklahoma-girl-find-remains-of-child/

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Forensics: Biases and Tunnel Vision. Unlucky numbers: Fighting murder convictions that rest on shoddy stats | Science

Unlucky numbers: Fighting murder convictions that rest on shoddy stats | Science | AAAS
— Read on www.science.org/content/article/unlucky-numbers-fighting-murder-convictions-rest-shoddy-stats

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