Forensics: A BIG dust up in AUSTRALIA over 400 opines of a state Medical Examiner

This all started with a recent judicial (last year) opinion on a 20 year-old case dealing with “murder in a bathtub.” The government’s path guy, Dr. Colin Manock, got clobbered in a book about this case and which seems to have brought to light “a miscarriage of justice” and “doubt” an “unreleased evidence ” assertions by a presiding justice.

Chilling words for any forensic expert. Apparently in the US, the justices of MS may get a chance of their own in the Howard case recently argued by the MS Innocence Project’s Tucker Carringtion. In the past, the target expert, dentist Michael West, had the court (with a different membership) rule that his “being wrong in one case, did not ” make another case of his suspect. So far, West has had four convictions overturned, in entirety or in part, by his brand of “ipse dixit” “I am a doctor” testimony.

The MS Supreme Court also showed some reasonableness by admitting junk forensic science actually exists. 

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