Despite unknown DNA from murder weapon: Other unreliable Forensic Evidence continues 20 year incarceration

The story continues of US judicial ignorance of scientific advances and what is “innocence.”  Judges continue to adopt prosecutorial advocacy themes of “guilt regardless.”  At the appellate level,  erroneous forensic testimony from over-reaching experts , once presented as “scientifically certain” at trial,  become “harmless error” or “merely opinion,” when the scientific truth comes out years later.

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Alissa Bjerkhoel is a staff attorney at the California Innocence Project and her presentation at the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences about William Richards’ decades long litigation is the focus of this blog. Dentists involved in Richards’ conviction and his attempts for exoneration were present in the audience. Multiple cases of exonerations after mistaken bitemark assisted convictions are also presented. Beware: Actual crime science photos are within.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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One Response to Despite unknown DNA from murder weapon: Other unreliable Forensic Evidence continues 20 year incarceration

  1. csidds says:

    Reblogged this on FORENSICS in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends and commented:

    NEW CASE showing a systemic CJ problem. US Judiciary can’t seem to get things right when they keep agreeing with DAs advocating “strong circumstantial evidence” and “finality of guilt” themes over post-conviction DNA based exonerations. Go to the PRADE reversal of innocence in OHIO. http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Ohio-ex-cop-who-was-freed-is-sent-back-behind-bars-5333244.php

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