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: Biden signs bill into law extending investigation of civil rights era lynching cold cases

Biden has signed a bill into law that would extend the time a panel has to investigate lynching cold cases that took place during the Civil Rights era. | TAG24
— Read on www.tag24.com/politics/us-politics/biden-signs-bill-into-law-extending-investigation-of-lynching-cold-cases-2683343

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Forensics: ‘Torso Killer’ Admits to ’68 Strangling and 4 More Cold-Case Murders

The serial killings of five women had gone unsolved for decades until a breakthrough in one case tied Richard Cottingham to all five.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2022/12/05/nyregion/torso-killer-richard-cottingham-cold-case.html

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Forensics: War crimes investigation. Dutch forensic team will return to Ukraine in spring

The Dutch forensic team, which investigated war crimes in Ukraine, has returned to its homeland but will come to Ukraine again in the spring. — Ukrinform.
— Read on www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3627938-dutch-forensic-team-will-return-to-ukraine-in-spring.html

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Forensics: The influence of ‘infallible’ ballistic matching. Letting the jury decide. Maryland high court considers limiting ballistics evidence used to link guns to shootings

BALTIMORE — A television in Baltimore Circuit Court showed a magnified picture of spent cartridge casings taken through the lens of a microscope. If a juror didn’t look closely, they
— Read on www.union-bulletin.com/content/tncms/live/

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Cold Case Victim Identified Through DNA Testing

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau Cold Case Squad have solved the mystery of a woman found deceased in 1993 at the base of a cedar tree in …

Cold Case Victim Identified Through DNA Testing
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Forensics: Uvalde Shooting Survivors File $27 Billion Lawsuit Against Cops, School District

Survivors of the Ulvade school shooting claim the school district, law enforcement and first responders didn’t act fast enough during the massacre, and now they’re suing for $27 billion.
— Read on www.tmz.com/2022/12/02/uvalde-school-mass-shooting-survivors-file-lawsuit-suing-27-b-police-authorities/

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#NamUS Case. Testing helps narrow search to ID woman found in NY

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — More than a dozen people have been ruled out as matches to human remains found last fall in northern Chautauqua County. Using NamUs, the
— Read on www.timesobserver.com/news/local-news/2022/12/testing-helps-narrow-search-to-id-woman-found-in-ny/

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Forensics: #NamUS cases. Missing: Highlighting the search for people missing in Colorado

After the nationwide search unfolded for Gabby Petito, there is a renewed effort to find missing people.
— Read on kdvr.com/news/local/missing-highlighting-the-search-for-people-missing-in-colorado/

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Forensics: #NamUS hopes for more $$$. FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs Sign Agreement to Improve Law Enforcement in Indian Country

FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs Sign Agreement to Improve Law Enforcement in Indian Country | OPA | Department of Justice
— Read on www.justice.gov/opa/pr/fbi-and-bureau-indian-affairs-sign-agreement-improve-law-enforcement-indian-country

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Forensics: Politicians to blame. Audit details failures of DC’s Department of Forensic Sciences

An audit of D.C.’s Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) found that the department failed to “operate as an independent part of the justice system.”
— Read on www.fox5dc.com/news/audit-details-failures-of-dcs-department-of-forensic-sciences

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