Monthly Archives: September 2014

Anti-Junk Forensic Science bill is now law: Criminal Justice Public Policy Breakthrough in California

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
California Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law SB 1058 bill. The law permits habeas corpus petitioners (i.e. after a conviction) the ability to contest expert testimony that…

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Anti-Junk Forensic Science bill is now law: Criminal Justice Public Policy Breakthrough in California

Originally posted on innocencemattersblog:
Anti-Junk Forensic Science bill is now law: Criminal Justice Public Policy Breakthrough in California.

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Anti-Junk Forensic Science bill is now law: Criminal Justice Public Policy Breakthrough in California

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law SB 1058 bill. The law permits habeas corpus petitioners (i.e. after a conviction) the ability to contest expert testimony that was presented against them at trial. In other words, experts who either … Continue reading

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30 years since 1984 + (in)famous medical examiner gets a jolt of reality from MS appellate court. @radleybalko

30 years since 1984. Pissed off mayor calls SWAT Raids for Parody Twitter Accounts. “Sure, Why Not? SWAT Raids for Everybody! .” A judge said the warrant was PC justified due to “personation (has to do with voter fraud, whatever. ) … Continue reading

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A “Cone of Silence” protects junk forensic science and allows it to survive in criminal courts.

Today’s subject is a brief look back at how pattern evidence from bruised human skin got into the case law of every state in the US. Its not a pretty process, as I describe below. Scientists learn from their past … Continue reading

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Time runs out for an innocent man trying to get compensation for 23 years in prison, plus Forensic News

1) The court system is quick to convict and interminably slow to correct prosecutorial mistakes and worse: The Watch @WPTheWatch  We need to fix how we compensate the wrongly convicted.  2) A somewhat hilarious yet sadly true exposition on the civil … Continue reading

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Confessions of a forensic science whistleblower : Its not what you think

Per se, the  title “whistleblower” does not apply to me. I do not work for a governmental or public company. I am a health care provider. I am self employed. I have the “physician do no harm” philosophy  as my … Continue reading

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Editorial on New York Times article about Faulty Bitemark Forensics

The September 15, 2014, New York Times exclusive on the failure of bitemark identification resurging in a MS death penalty case describes a botched bitemark method by one practitioner, that until 2013, was recognized by the forensic organization mentioned in the article. … Continue reading

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Good forensic science. Bad forensic science. Dangerous forensic science. Plus other stuff.

Today’s New York Times exclusive on the failure of bitemark identification resurging in a MS death penalty case. “Startling gap between “CSI” and certain forensic science.” PBS Nova program. KY: Prosecutor’s office focus of criticism from defendant. ADA lied to judge … Continue reading

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Forensics : Prosecutorial misconduct, exonerations and the Politics of Criminal Justice

From the Wrongful Convictions blog: “Prosecutorial arrogance and tunnel vision” plus more CJ and its politics http://wp.me/p2224n-4NX  via @WrongConvBlog   Not another one! But the best version I’ve read about this serial case from the 1880’s. “Forensic Scientist Claims To … Continue reading

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