Monthly Archives: September 2013

An Exoneration and Outdated CSI Forensics Equals a BAD Day for Two Forensic Science Experts

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
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…

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Costs of wrongful convictions

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
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…

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Forensic Testimony: More bad results from government run crime labs: Forensic Science

Government crime labs fail to maintain standards and reliability. From the ABA Journal. http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/crime_labs_under_the_microscope_after_a_string_of_shoddy_suspect

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Judge believes the “Flat Earth” bitemark believers: Forensic Science

This judge uses a NY case ruling called the Frye standard, created in 1923, to allow bitemark comparisons into his court as “science.” http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202618278480&In_Pivotal_Test_NY_Judge_OKs_Bite_Mark_Evidence&slreturn=20130806185424

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Forensic Testimony: when the pathologist gets things very wrong: Forensic Science

For decades Steve Hayne was the go to guy for Mississippi prosecutors like Forrest Allgood of Noxubee County. Both have a long record of involvement in wrongful convictions and questionable theories and opinions on a defendant’s guilt. Allgood has the … Continue reading

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Forensic Testimony: PBS/Frontline: Forensic Science

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/real-csi/can-juries-rely-on-forensic-experts

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Chicago pays out more $ for wrongful convictions: Forensic Science

Chicago has reached $66 million in payouts on wrongful convictions this year. Read full article.

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After an exoneration: Cops find the right perp: Forensic Science

After the wrong guy goes to prison, police use the DNA brought forth by the CWC and pops the right guy. http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77263625/

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Forensic Testimony: Hired Guns or …..what? / Forensic Science

Judges to not have the tools to counteract the effects of biased experts. See PBS/Frontline/CSI http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-justice/real-csi/can-juries-rely-on-forensic-experts/

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