Monthly Archives: June 2015

Examples where Forensic language and the media lead to misinformation and confusion for juries.

How things have changed? The term “similar’ used in fiber analysis case. http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2015/06/forensic-scientist-testifies-fibers-victims-hair-similar-distant-carpet But then another case uses “unique” to describe a broken car headlight. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/forensic-expert-certain-car-on-cctv-belonged-to-sheffield-man-accused-of-murder-1-7305526 What the “CSI effect looks like on “Bones” TV show. Accuracy in forensics not a … Continue reading

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Texas releases another death row inmate | The FBI ‘conspires’ with the Innocence Project on Forensic Reform

Misconduct by prosecution authorities is jus t one of the contributing causes of wrong convictions. Texas leads the nation in exonerations. Read about another man taken off death row. As a rebuff to what some US forensic dentists write about regarding “conspiracies” against … Continue reading

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Propaganda piece by embattled forensic dentistry group published by CA Dental Association.

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
An opening statement. To be honest, this ABFO generated material is nothing new. What is typical, along with the personal attacks,  is the absence of meaningful point-by-point discussion of…

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Propaganda piece by embattled forensic dentistry group published by CA Dental Association.

An opening statement. To be honest, this ABFO generated material is nothing new. What is typical, along with the personal attacks,  is the absence of meaningful point-by-point discussion of scientific (i.e. the 2009 NAS Report) and exoneration case evaluation. It also … Continue reading

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Bite Mark “Matching” May Send Eddie Lee Howard to Death Chamber

MS Attorney General’s office thinks Bitemarks are still good to go. So do the bitemark experts. This article is about Howard’s last ditch appeal to the MS Supreme Court. Famous bitemark expert Michael West used his dental expertise to convict him. Another … Continue reading

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

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
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…

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

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 … Continue reading

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The sometimes nasty world of forensic experts in the US

Here are 3 blogs created by David Averiil from Bitemarks.org which are about how some people will admit that justice eventually must be recognized, even after their fighting at-all-costs-to-win or maintain a conviction. In this instance, its the District Attorneys’ office in … Continue reading

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Forensics: 2004 Chi Trib articles about dubious bitemark convictions and bad science that still stand as “justice done.”

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
Its been 11 years since this article was published. Its about the DNA vs bitemark case AZ v. Tankersley. The defendant is still in prison. The “bitemark matchers” were ABFO members…

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Read why sanctions for prosecutorial misconduct are a sham | The Veritas Report

In continuing the theme of the US judicial system “healing itself,” this 19 page summary report (published in 2010 by the NorCal Innocence Project; funded by the Veritas Initiative ) on the 1997 to 2009 history of California’s feeble (actually … Continue reading

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