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: The ABFO bitemarkers have closed the door on US forensic dentistry training.

Dental students love to see lectures about forensics. Thank you CSI. I have talked with dental students at Ostrow USC for decades in short seminar format. My principal topic is human identification. The bitemark portion talks about DNA collection from skin injuries and I debunk tooth pattern “matching.” This generation of dental students are aware of wrongful convictions and junk forensics. They shake their heads when I show them bitemark exoneration cases. Many say “how could they say this is science?” I usually say “money and status” and reinforce the failure of the bitemarker group, the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) continuing to teach dentists about bitemarks as acceptable “science.” The ABFO solidified their bitemark mythology at the recent online American Academy of Forensic Sciences convention.

The students enjoy the slides of my and colleagues casework from the last 37 years of forensic consultations and writing on dental identification. Their enthusiasm is remarkable and they ask about future involvement in odontology. This is when I get sad. And upset.

I run my story about literally walking into the Ventura County Medical Examiners office (in 1984!) and receiving a carte blanche invite to help out. I tell my students that their dental training in radiology, anatomy, dental diagnostics, and dental materials should allow them entry to the multi-disciplinary world of forensic identication. My mentors did it, and so did I. In-house OJT training has ALWAYS been a mainstay for dentists in the US. My principal forensic investigation training occurred within those walls. The AAFS/ABFO meetings provided “show and tell” assurances that bitemark matching was reliable. How times have changed.

I have to inform these eager students that those opportunities have disappeared due to the affiliation of the ABFO (abfo.org) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (@theNAME1966). NAME now requires its forensic pathology membership to hire only ABFO diplomates.

This is reprehensible in multiple levels.

1. There is NO data supporting licensed dentists being less reliable than ABFO dentists.

2. It is inconceiveable that the 100 ABFO dentists can provide coverage for all the US law enforcement agencies.

3. Clearly this is a money grab by the ABFO to funnel aspiring dentists into its occasional and expensive training events.

4. The forensic science bias and cognitive dissonance (I call it “forensic gaslighting”) of the ABFO should not be allowed to infiltrate the US death investigation system.

Final comment, why would NAME want to do this? How is this possible?

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Forensics: False positives revealed. Fingerprint database error rates seen in close non‐matches – Koehler – 2021 – Journal of Forensic Sciences @The_AAFS

Too bad this is pay-for-view. Abstract only. Jay Koehler has a remarkable ability to record the weak underbelly of forensic claims of reliability. Fingerprinters clearly used the self-assurances of being error-free. Just like the bitemarkers of AAFS/ABFO. At least the fingerprinters are using their databases to investigate. The dentists 🦷 have never had the integrity to do the same.

Fingerprint error rate on close non‐matches – Koehler – 2021 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1556-4029.14580

Another Koehler gem: Forensics or fauxrensics: ascertaining accuracy in forensic science. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2773255

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Forensics: Bad ballistics. Patrick Pursley gets certificate of innocence after wrongful conviction

Patrick Pursley was awarded a certificate of innocence in the 1993 murder of Andy Ascher of Rockford. Pursley spent 23 years in prison before he was granted a new trial.
— Read on www.rrstar.com/story/news/2021/02/26/patrick-pursley-gets-certificate-innocence-after-wrongful-conviction/6814469002/

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Federal Court Agrees: Prosecutors Can’t Keep Forensic DNA Evidence Secret from Defendants

An ongoing criminal court defense argument about DA refusal to disclose the prosecution-popular TrueAllele DNA software “code” is gaining judicial traction.

When the government tries to convict you of a crime, you have a right to challenge its evidence. This is a fundamental principle of due process, yet prosecutors and technology vendors have routinely argued against disclosing how forensic technology works.For the first time, a federal court has…
— Read on www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/02/federal-court-agrees-prosecutors-cant-keep-forensic-evidence-secret-defendants

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Forensics: Here’s how ICE sent children seeking asylum to adult detention centers with help from AAFS/ABFO bitemarker advocate….

How this dentist thinks wisdom teeth root shape is a biological birthday card is beyond my comprehension.

ICE continues to disobey Congressional orders to stop dental and bone scans on minors seeking asylum in the U.S.
— Read on www.salon.com/2018/05/12/heres-how-ice-sent-children-seeking-asylum-to-adult-detention-centers_partner/

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Forensics: Judges being predominantly ex DAs causes this. Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent

Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent
— Read on www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/still-trying-to-get-illinois-to-admit-hes-innocent/Content

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Forensics: Pro bono Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month

This speaks volumes to the lies and incompetence of the last four years.

Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month
— Read on www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1258791

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Forensics: Rules regarding federal statute on cop shootings needs a redo. George Floyd, et al.

A new federal grand jury has been empaneled in Minneapolis and the Justice Department has called new witnesses as part of its investigation of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who will go on trial in state court next month on a murder charge for the death of George Floyd, according to two people with direct knowledge of the investigation. The fresh slate of witnesses subpoenaed to give testimony about Mr. Chauvin is an early sign that…
— Read on www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/george-floyds-death-with-new-grand-jury-doj-ramps-up-investigation/ar-BB1dWOYd

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Forensics: Reusing old anti-vax tropes. Lipid nanoparticles: The antivax “toxins gambit” reborn for COVID-19 vaccines

Starts off with a little molecular -biology. Remember those classes? Ribosomes, aminos, mRNA, protein synthesis? Then go into the bat-shit mumbo-jumbo of the anti-vax quacks. Stuff like “neuro-toxicity” and “gene splicing” drivel. Junk science popularized just like the bitemark crowd praising their “science.”

Lipid nanoparticles are the new “toxins” in COVID-19 vaccines that cause imaginary horrible things antivaxxers fear monger about
— Read on respectfulinsolence.com/2021/02/22/lipid-nanoparticles-the-antivax-toxins-gambit-reborn-for-covid-19-vaccines/

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Forensics: Biden’s Science Adviser Pick Could Advance Justice Reforms – Law360

This article portrays all the many players involved in both promoting and inhibiting evidence-based advances in certain forensic methods. It mentions bitemark evidence and the racial inequities of bad science on POC seeking exonerations. This arguing about junk forensic science has been going on since NAS 2009 and then reinforced by PCAST in 2016. Eric Landers is on his way to a WH cabinet-level job. The WH DOJ Attorney General nominee, Merrick Garland, will certainly help us recover from the forensic obstinacy of Sessions, Lynch and Barr.

Eric Lander is one of the best-known genetic scientists in the United States and a figurehead for improved forensic science practices across the criminal justice system. Experts, including several whose work intersected with his, weigh in on what his anticipated cabinet-level appointment could mean for these priorities.
— Read on www.law360.com/access-to-justice/articles/1356820/biden-s-science-adviser-pick-could-advance-justice-reforms

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