Digital ‘forensic science’ has blossomed but regulations and firm protocols are lacking

The author has excellent academic credentials and states unregulated proliferation of court accepted ‘digitalizing’ experts has its obvious risks.  As in wrongful incarcerations and convictions. The realm of forensics (any technology or expert  opinion used in the courts) “digital” evidence  ranges from photography to computer and video analysis. Educators and the practitioners on these subjects have little guidance from the AAFS digital section (here promoting itself to students) and various DOJ study groups (this one is defunct and here are their published documents)  which have been around since the last decade. Full article.

Here’s an example of a totally overly enhanced (“changed”) autopsy photo accepted into a TX federal court habeas corpus case as merely “improving” the injury patterns seen in an original image (according to the DA and the judge). Obvious arbitrary color changes were made and other distortions are seen in the ruler and artifacts added to the skin to produce “hidden evidence.”  The digital image was made by the creator of his personally owned “imaging” program.

Oliver copy


In this same case, a  Prosecutor’s dentist then chose the perpetrator from one of these three suspects whose teeth are outlined in different colors. This image was created by me. I found found it impossible to use any of this evidence to reach a reliable opinion.

Can you see the difference?

Can you see the difference?




About csidds

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