Monthly Archives: June 2015

Forensics : DNA inconsistencies slowly are rising into public view

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
It’s not only pattern analysis that can be fallible – how about DNA? Its mostly about DNA mixtures, stat protocols and inconsistency of multiple analysts. via @ForensicOdont Read…

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Forensics : DNA inconsistencies slowly are rising into public view

It’s not only pattern analysis that can be fallible – how about DNA? Its mostly about DNA mixtures, stat protocols and inconsistency of multiple analysts. via @ForensicOdont Read more. A commercial lab’s technical paper has more on this. “Mixture interpretation. … Continue reading

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An exoneration lawyer plays by the book and gets handed an ethics complaint in NC

[Comment: Full disclosure by a notable and successful exoneration lawyer lands her in a mumbo-jumbo worded ethics complaint with her state Bar. Questions to consider while reading the media article from Raleigh, NC: What’s the penalty for possessing a water bottle … Continue reading

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DC DNA lab suspension ALL political

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
Having already blogged on DC lab director Max Houck getting axed by a combination of a DA and the mayor, this open statement by Jay Seigel confirms the…

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The inane responses of dentists who describe themselves as “skin-reading” experts

Originally posted on Forensic Odontology – Bitemark Evidence:
This is a guest post by Dr. Michael Bowers The non-scientific dental discipline known as bitemark analysis has only a few dogmatists left, who deny its well-known status as a forensic train…

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Internal personnel discipline in a state’s # Forensics crime lab is revealed with some names included.

A view into how a state’s DOJ crime lab disciplines itself. It seems appropriate considering the facts given in this article.    

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The Shifted Paradigm: Forensic Sciences’s Overdue Evolution from Magic to Law

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
Chris Fabricant and Tucker Carrington have posted the above-titled article on SSRN.  Download here.  The abstract states: A decade ago a controversial article in Science Magazine predicted a coming “paradigm shift” that would push…

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Courts are unprepared for this: The Conundrum of Outdated #Forensic Science and Recanting Experts

From the Marshall Project 5.28.15 In the spring of 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a law that was hailed as the first of its kind in the country. The law expressly allows the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals to grant a … Continue reading

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Excellent Canadian article on problematic forensics

This is a great piece which echoes others involved in forensic science reform. One statement rings true regarding juries/judges having to interpret exaggerating and conflicting experts. m.thestar.com/#/article/news/crime/2015/06/12/why-its-so-hard-to-keep-bad-forensics-out-of-the-courtroom.html?referrer=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FGmxX8xrGfu

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US forensic group’s new research explodes its own credibility. They then stumble into the denial and blame game. Again.

The Watch Radley Balko April 8, 2015 A bite mark matching advocacy group just conducted a study that discredits bite mark evidence In February, I posted a four-part series on the forensic speciality of bite mark analysis. The series looked … Continue reading

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