Monthly Archives: November 2014

Forensics Canada : When the cops bring in 3 esteemed bitemark experts problems occur. They don’t agree. What’s that tell you?

I can say very little about this child murder case except……I told you so. Plus I’d bet most of these esteemed bitemark folks are on the esteemed bitemark committee for NIST’s Forensic Science Commission. Read about it here.

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Pushback on Chi DA Alvarez opine on false confessions and ….Dirty DNA water and …..Ferguson

This response from NY Inn Project co founder Peter Neufeld broadens what the real issues exist in erroneous conviction litigation within and out  of Alvarez’ jurisdiction. The generic theme from hard-core advocates is “finality of convictions at all cost.” Forensics … Continue reading

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State Attorney releases inmate citing “coercive tactics” by the Northwestern Innocence Project and Journalism school

Does anyone watch The Good Wife? The show is all about Illinois politics, crim justice and arguments of misconduct, fraud, lying in court, and other dirty tricks.   This next story is a roundabout of years worth of attack and … Continue reading

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#Forensics : Judge tosses out NY City DNA lab re: below Frye standard necessary for evidence admissibility

Landmark Ruling in DNA Case; NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner DNA Testing Does Not Meet Frye Standard of General Acceptance  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2014 from NYC Legal Aid Today, in a landmark ruling, Justice Mark Dwyer of New York … Continue reading

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Criminal Law Blog Resource List : For Curious #Forensic Bloggers and Some Journalists

This is a list of 50 twitter accounts and blog posts on this subject. It  is no way comprehensive but it is a good place to start. Ignore the cheapo advert at the top.

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Thursday’s Quick Clicks…

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
The link between incarcerations, plea bargains and violent neighborhoods Why innocent people plead guilty, by federal judge Jed Rakoff In Japan, man exonerated from death row helping capital punishment abolitionists Exoneree Kirk Odom seeks…

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Racial discrimination and retaliation in #Forensic #Science never a topic at annual #AAFS meetings

Charges of racial discrimination in forensics. Sounds like a hostile working and personnel environment to me. Former crime lab employee suing City of Columbia for $3 million over poor training, poor lab equipment, retaliation, loss of reputation, income, emotional distress … Continue reading

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Recovery therapy still being used to foster false accusations

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
“The belief that hidden memories can be ‘recovered’ in therapy should have been exorcised years ago, when a rash of false memories dominated the airwaves, tore families apart and put people on the stand…

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More Social Media responses on #Junk #Forensic #Science involving the #AAFS

The topic from my last blog on the unfair composition of the NCFS Working Group on “bitemark science” which poses one legitimate forensic researcher against a platoon of self described bitemark believers has brought more responses from the public who … Continue reading

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Social Media on the US Forensic Sci Commission raises public concerns about a failed “science” in its mist.

Folks in the public sector who have been following the machinations of the bitemark “board” belonging to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences have been disappointed with the makeup and ingrained status quo culture of most members of the NIST … Continue reading

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