Forensic Focus Picks – Science, News Trends and the Law

What’s trending today. The biggest problem with forensic science is that’s there is almost NO information about research. What you see is what there is.

Fingerprints. French researchers announce much higher resolutions available for physical analysis. They will still need to study the percent chance of false positives. I hope they don’t use the Bayesian Theorem for finding “uniqueness” as a true state of the world’s population.

This Science News article about confabulating uses of statistics follows the above.

Shoe prints considered “distinctive” helped alot by DNA from a cigarette butt leads to a murder conviction in Maricopa County, AZ.

Another reason to doubt TSA assurances. Research indicates airport x-ray scanners are vulnerable to electronic hacking.

Information on how to back out of a TSA security line AFTER YOU FIND A GUN IN YOUR POCKET.

Any NY DA’s misconduct in and out of court no longer subject to civil law suits? This is one judge’s opinion, so don’t over generalize at this point. The opinion doesn’t extend to NYPD as yet. The judge’s rationale has something to do with the City having no influence on the lawyers. Other than PAY THEIR SALARIES.  The idea of negligent supervision of employees apparently just  dissolves when innocent people are wrongfully convicted. Maybe the NY state legislature will pick this idea up and refuse to establish statutory dollar minimums for these folks spending (in many cases) decades in prison. Despite many states establishing some sort of compensation.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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