Monthly Archives: July 2015

Forensics : Sandra Bland Autopsy Report performed 7/22/2015 confirms hanging evidence

Full report by Dr. Sara N. Doyle AME Harris County, Texas. Texas Tribune story.    

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57 months in prison for Iowa State researcher

US vaccine researcher sentenced to prison for fraud. Says he was covering for an earlier lab mistake. The case of Dong-Pyou Han illustrates the uneven nature of penalties for scientific misconduct. http://www.nature.com/news/us-vaccine-researcher-sentenced-to-prison-for-fraud-1.17660?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews

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Forensics: SBS cases study leads to presence of uncommon number of confessions. Are MD’s really cops?

The Child Abuse Pediatrician (CAP) – Just Another Term for Medical “Cop” Washtenaw Watchdogs (Washtenaw County, MI) have just published an investigative report article on their website dealing with this very issue. It’s very powerful. See it HERE. More info on … Continue reading

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US Forensic Odontology Program to provide debunked ABFO bitemark training?

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Photo credit: UT and Ben Francis. Someone at the University of Tennessee needs to rethink this odontology curriculum. I’m sure that the non-ABFO faculty affiliated with this forensic…

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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 … Continue reading

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US Forensic Odontology Program to provide debunked ABFO bitemark training?

Photo credit: UT and Ben Francis. Someone at the University of Tennessee needs to rethink this odontology curriculum. I’m sure that the non-ABFO faculty affiliated with this forensic dentistry program at UT haven’t a clue about what is going on … Continue reading

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More DNA PR on hair from Australia. Why don’t we hear about the data?

Once more, we get  a university talking about “great breakthroughs” in forensic analysis. This one is abut collecting “trace” DNA from hair shafts (i.e “shed hair”) which “improves success rates” not seen using prior methods. My main gripe is that these … Continue reading

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Update: White House Report on Forensics Science: “Eradicate” the Use of Bitemarks

  Update on the Update: More on this today (Wednesday July 22, 2015)  from Radley Balko at THE WATCH On Tuesday, July 21, the White House OSTP issued an oral presentation by: Jo Handelsman “Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Associate Director for … Continue reading

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Forensics: From the New York Legal Aid Society’s DNA UNIT – The latest and the best news

Connect with them @LegalAidNYC   A New York Trial Court precludes LCN and FST evidence after extensive Frye Hearing litigated by the Legal Aid Society’s DNA Unit (New York Law Journal)Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer issued a written decision precluding … Continue reading

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Bitemarks in child abuse case reveals how skin injury patterns vary dramatically on a single victim

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
This amazing article  documents how human bite marks on a single victim, arguably by one suspect, are extremely inconsistent in pattern, shape of tooth marks and other details.…

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