Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dramatic story from a new exoneration. Victims’ family reactions vs DNA evidence

Well written exposes about the human experiences within succesful exoneration litigation. Anger, joy, and racial divides with a tinge of prosecutorial misconduct. Victims’ family.  Joseph Sledge’s perspective. Interview with Joseph Sledge after his release.   

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Debra Milke Trial on Hold Pending Appeal

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
We’ve been following the Debra Milke case on this blog.  See here, here, and here. Here is a recent update from TV5 KPHO in Phoenix, AZ. ?

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How not to behave in court as an expert witness

This story is about how overly aggressive conclusions of guilt (the province of the jury) in forensic science presentations in criminal can make one look like a biased “forensic expert.” https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/23/powerpoint-justice

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Hired to reform crime lab, new director gets slammed by cops

This storyline about pushback by police crime lab overseers is a classic example of retribution in action. http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/douglas-county-crime-lab-director-suspended-lab-work-reviewed/article_7169ae3a-1b81-5d4c-90c1-c4d951e947f8.html

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UK Crime Forensics Mirror US Quagmire of Uncertainties.

The following article is concerned about what this chart from the National Registry of Exonerations has established as the leading causes of wrongful convictions. “Privatisation of forensic services ‘threat to justice’ and putting the work in police hands would be … Continue reading

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FORGET CSI: A Disaster Is Happening In America’s Crime Labs

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
Media reports about 2 crime lab scandals per month. Its all about “stealin an cheatin and liein” Headline story from April 2014. Its about bungling in crime labs…

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FORGET CSI: A Disaster Is Happening In America’s Crime Labs

Media reports about 2 crime lab scandals per month. Its all about “stealin an cheatin and liein” Headline story from April 2014. Its about bungling in crime labs all associated with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. By Jordan Smith … Continue reading

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“False or Misleading Forensic Science” and “Official Misconduct” Leading Factors in 1523 Exonerations

The op-ed excerpted below from the HuffPost’s Radley Balko makes the case that prosecutorial misconduct is a major factor in exoneration cases and exists in other criminal convictions. I have added a second category of interest which raises my concern with forensic … Continue reading

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Quality of Forensic Training and Education can be Sketchy

  Short article on using ISO standards to pick quality continuing education for crime lab personnel. Sometimes what is available may  be no more than “I do it this way” approach. This is apparent in the less than science-based  presentations seen in … Continue reading

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US Crime Lab woes = police indifference + weak budgets + slow results + privatization in some States

Just a  cross-section of today’s news feeds on the intersection of crime, crime labs, police and justice. Here are the issues. This entire state’s police force keeps ignoring rape kits. Article from West Washington State. The police and crime lab lost … Continue reading

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