SF Police Chief Loses a $2M grant for rape kits. His Crime lab is “maxed out.” Plus Murder around the world.

Updated Today Sat 6/6/15

A “Expert witness “fiction” case is occurring. Murder case could set precedent in so-called ‘junk science’ writs.”

Explaining journalism:

A writ is a criminal appeal to a higher court. One new type of “junk science” writ is intended on overturning previous “science” evidence testimony that has either been decommissioned by its forensic practitioners or ruled by some court to be flawed. The last time THAT happened by a court was in 1923 dealing with lie detectors.

All shady science forensic examiners generally never admit their scams or mistakes (it took the FBI 20 years regarding its hair matchers; 16 years to fess up about its boggy DNA mathematics; the bite mark matchers consider the known 24 innocent people convicted or jailed to be collateral damage to their other wise brilliant forensics).

These writs are rather toothless, unless an examiner(s) recants their own previous testimony. This is what happened in TX, although the bill to allow the writ must still be signed by the TX governor.

A parallel case in CA is further along. A “junk writ” bill has been made law. It is derived from the William Richards bitemark conviction exoneration litigation. In Richards, a couple dentists have come forward to now disagree with their prior testimonial selves from 1997. (For more info, try  RICHARDS).

The CA “junk writ” law will soon be tested before the CA Supreme Court. Stay tuned.

 

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S.F. Police Chief Greg Suhr during a news conference speaks about an audit of the crime lab's DNA unit, which has come under fire for faking results, as well as other police misconduct, at the Hall of Justice, Friday, April 3, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The ChronicleS.F. Police Chief Greg Suhr during a news conference speaks about an audit of the crime lab’s DNA unit, which has come under fire for faking results, as well as other police misconduct, at the Hall of Justice, Friday, April 3, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif.

“My crime lab is maxed out.” SF Police chief won’t apply for grants to test rape kits older than 2003.

He’s probably spending too much on assault weapons. This is the same city where the mayor last week refused to put in budget allocations for a police and DA joint commission to study “use of force” complaints and other misconduct  against its citizens.

“The old kits can’t lead to prosecutions because the statute of limitations in California for rape is 10 years. But the district attorney and women’s advocacy groups say the kits still have value in court and can lead to peace of mind…

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