Monthly Archives: August 2013

Prosecutorial Misconduct: Investigating the Investigators

This article shows the problems that surround attempts to reveal police misconduct when coverups, goofs by federal investigators and good ole back door jury tampering occurs. Note the Justice Departments is hiding the ball on the details of what they … Continue reading

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Another DA in denial over exonerating DNA from a bite mark

This case could be the 25th person wrongfully convicted in the US by a bite mark opinion. http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2013/08/convicted_murderer_turns_to_new_dna_evidence_to_prove_his_innocence_in_1994_killing.html#incart_river

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Dentist and ex DA deny wrongful conviction: DNA irrelevant for proof of innocence

The ex-prosecutor (now a law professor) and a bitemark expert continue to deny errors in an exoneration case in the US. They protect and represent themselves in the media as being innovators in forensic research. Federal law enforcement grants have … Continue reading

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Costs of wrongful convictions

The financial connection between wrongful convictions and the costs to taxpayers is a fairly new topic for media discussion. It is rather localized (a $10 million civil award 2013 case from Chicago) in information as nationwide statistics do not appear … Continue reading

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An Exoneration and Outdated CSI Forensics Equals a BAD Day for Two Forensic Science Experts

The topic of personal liability for forensic expert witnesses has been around for a couple of decades. I am not talking about an expert being sued by his/her client for negligent actions in the course of the employment (traditionally this … Continue reading

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The use of DNA from bite marks takes casework, status and money from ABFO dentists

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
The AP article (use your search engine for “bite marks” and “unreliable”) in June 2013 suggested that the bite mark dentists of the American Board of Forensic Odontology…

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The best mass media research on prosecutorial misconduct: Radley Balko on Huffington

I couldn’t pass this up. Anyone interested in a lengthy but VERY thorough deconstruction of prosecutors’ history of self serving misuse and abuse of their powers and the judiciary’s (specifically the US Supreme Court) demoralizing actions to preserve this imbalance. … Continue reading

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Arizona Case of Police Misconduct and a Prosecutor’s Conflicts

This blog on the Milke case from Maricopa County (Sheriff Arpaio’s neighborhood) adds considerable detail to the opposing forces present when a conviction has been remanded for retrial and/or the defendant’s release. Its the same old story. Here’s a partial … Continue reading

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Forensic Science in the UK: “A Threat to Justice”

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
The state of the forensic science ‘market’ in the UK has been the subject of much debate (see here… ¬†)¬†March 2012 saw the closure of the main provider of forensic services, the Forensic Science…

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