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Monthly Archives: May 2014
PowerPlex 21 DNA test to review cold cases. “Too prevent escalating costs.” New Commission to Regulate Prosecutorial Misconduct . Forensic science? Testimony from “dog scent lineup” sent woman to prison for crime she didn’t commit. Asset forfeiture for college student pot … Continue reading
Sunday’s New York Times piece on how “DNA Changed Forensic Science” was also an allegory. Much is in writing in the media about the deficiencies of bitemark identification. The 2009 landmark National Academies of Science Report on “Strengthening the Forensic … Continue reading
For over 2 decades, the US press has used “inexact” in writing about certain forensic methods which are used to convict criminal defendants. Bitemark experts included. Here is the latest from the New York Times. It uses the debunked FBI’s … Continue reading
Opinions from a forensic examiner. This material contains excerpts from the WH 2014 Forensic Science Report . My comments (in bold) are added in certain sections. The Report excerpts are in italics. See the full report here. =========================================== EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF … Continue reading
Bitemark Case Law: The Judicial failure by accepting bitemark experts as “qualified to identify” defendants
“Bitemark Identification” acceptance stems from this list of appellate cases starting in 1975 (Marx). This is a short list of the seminal cases (allowing the jury of decide the evidence declared to be science) that flowed from this first appellate … Continue reading
Death sentences: A trail of dubious contributions to justice: questionable and in some cases, erroneous bitemark opinions.
I have reported on this subject before, as the continued acceptance of the bitemark id “pseudoscience” in US courts still allows this prejudicial type of prosecutorial expert opinion to be considered “relevant evidence.” Continuing on this topic, my experience as a defense … Continue reading
Forensic Focus: Slimy attacks on legal defense professionals continues, bogus DNA reports in DEL, and more….
Political attacks on criminal defense professionals is going viral. The GOP and others, some notable and others ridiculous, take license with the truth about what is really “justice.” Apparently their own version is the only legitimate one (the scales tipped … Continue reading
Photo by: Heidi Huber/AP This picture has Ray Krone ( left) immediately after his release from AZ prison in 2000. Part of his story is below, which develops the persona of the Prosecutor Noel Levy who put Ray on death … Continue reading