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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A New Solution to Countering Bad Science in Forensics | Lab Manager

Aussie study follows up on the unacceptable “ad hoc” nature of 30 different crime lab methods. They also demand for forensic science to become more open. Even DNA has befuddled courts into accepting “proprietary secrets” regarding crime lab software.
— Read on www.labmanager.com/news/2019/08/a-new-solution-to-countering-bad-science-in-forensics

https://csidds.com/2019/07/30/forensics-corp-trade-secrets-dominates-rules-of-evidence-in-criminal-courts/

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Blood spatter analysis (i.e. BPA) theories contradict physics and scientific research. Study reveals serious lack of university-level involvement in this police-adopted method.

Is anyone suprised? The spatterists still are throwing pig blood against walls and clothing. This study debunks their “velocity” of impact/force blood spatter paradigms.

Kudos to The Innocence Project’s Sarah Chu for her comments in this NOVA article.

Read some BPA vocabulary which generally allows only one explanation of causation.

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, Bite Marks, Bitemarks, criminal justice reform, CSI, Forensic Science Bias, junk forensic science, US Crime labs

Forensic Imaging and Comparison Debate Centers on Expertise of Objects in the Image

A lawyer in the UK takes on an important aspect of forensics. The discussion is a bit  nebulous, and focuses on the topic of people identifying objects and people captured on digital media. I suppose old fashioned crime scene photography is a precursor to some of this, although the author doesn’t bring it into the discussion.   He does mention “artefacts” once. He also takes the Forensic Regulator to task for “overreaching.” I’d prefer a POV that emphasizes more collaboration since he does admit that some experts’ opinions “have been in error.”

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X19301329?utm_campaign=STMJ_1564068058_TOPA_TOPOTR&utm_medium=SPPC&utm_source=TW&dgcid=STMJ_1564068058_TOPA_TOPOTR&utm_campaign=MCRED_HMS_TW_Forensics&sf216408449=1

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Forensic bias dangers from police interactions

Notables discuss the interface between police and anyone examining crime scene evidence. Especially those folks working police crime labs. Recent cases of experts being influenced by police theories certainly highlights this as creating cognitive bias. It is very hard to unring ideas and conclusions brought into an ongoing forensic exam.

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Forensics: Gun Stores in Allen Texas

 

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Forensics: Many in denial. Error perceptions amongst forensic practitioners

This is just the abstract. Im getting really raw having to pay big bucks to get journal articles.

Reading any bitemarker’s trial testimony easily confirms this research of 183 “practicing forensic analysts.” The quest for perfection seems to drive many to just assume they are always perfect.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073819303007#!

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Junk science vs DNA leads to law suit for compensation

All this began with a “match” of one hair made during the heyday of this now discredited FBI crime fighting method.

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/20190801/man-sues-claiming-wrongful-conviction

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See how far DAs go to hide #Flawed #Forensics

38K bogus crime lab tests got the prosecutors to reveal their duplicity in covering it up. WTF. Not beyond what happens w bitemark cases.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/07/30/prosecutors-who-covered-up-mass-drug-lab-scandal-now-face-bar-discipline-civil-rights-suit/

 

 

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Forensics: Corp trade secrets dominates rules of evidence in criminal courts. 

Really. It is called scientific by some courts but its not available for confirmatory testing. What is it? Proprietary DNA mixture software. 

http://www.abajournal.com/lawscribbler/article/trade-secret-privilege-is-bad-for-criminal-justice

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Autopsy Offers New Details On the Death of A Guatemalan Migrant Child

Autopsy Offers New Details On the Death of A Guatemalan Migrant Child
— Read on www.texasmonthly.com/news/autopsy-details-death-guatemalan-migrant-child/amp/

Pathologists reviewing this and other migrant children deaths include @drjudymelinek. Physical and medical neglect of these innocent children is abhorent and are classic human rights violations.

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