Monthly Archives: October 2015

When Prosecutors Can’t be Bothered With Innocence

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
An insightful article by Radley Balko, writing for the Washington Post. From the article: “That they (the two prosecutors cited in the article) have yet to be sanctioned or disciplined by a court or…

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US forensic orgs and DAs rather quiet about reviewing and retesting DNA since 1999. 

This is from NPR. It also mentions the climate of faulty forensics like bitemarks, hair comps, casting doubts about reliabilty of courtroom experts.  http://www.npr.org/2015/10/09/447202433/-great-pause-among-forensic-scientists-as-dna-proves-fallible?sc=tw

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Taking Forensic Software errors to task. 

Coding errors and defense rights to discovery are well discussed in this Slate article. Another example of obstacles to proving innocence. Some forensics dont even use programs. Bitemarkers and some others just use their eyeballs and “superior” observation skills. I … Continue reading

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Soon coming to the state you live in: Retesting of thousands of convictions helped by DNA

ADVANCES IN DNA TESTING COULD PUT THOUSANDS OF TEXAS CASES IN LEGAL LIMBO The above image is incredibly evocative. My blog on this came out September 21, 2015. thanks to the September 19, 2015 Grits for Breakfast blog from TX and … Continue reading

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Monday’s Quick Clicks…

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
Hawaii Innocence Project has new leadership that’s hoping to free more innocent people… Prison Debate Team Beats Harvard Debate Team in National Competition: Now You Know Why Innocent People are on Death Row… Connecticut judge grants…

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More scapegoat activities in forensics: DAs who hate old DNA : a Medical Examiner with x-ray vision

NEWS BREAK: Another Forensic Scapegoat case. Last December, New York State Police forensic scientists were accused of cheating on a yet unused DNA software exam. The test maker had encouraged takers to confer during the test prep stage which included … Continue reading

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Concern grows over DNA evidence errors in Texas and likely throughout the US

Applications of DNA methods which are subjective is creating a scenario in TX which will probably be repeated across the entire US. Confidence in past convictions is rapidly deteriorating. One might say the enthusiasm for forensic DNA as a “magic … Continue reading

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Another bitemark-based conviction overturned. Dentist calls original testimony “junk.”

This is the 25th conviction or incarceration aided by dental bitemark experts that has been overturned or dismissed in the US. How many more are there? The bitemark organization, the ABFO, is deaf and dumb and lying to the State … Continue reading

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Vivid case of child-to-child bitemark activity according to police in San Antonio, TX

Being able to reliably determine a skin injury can be diagnosed as a human bitemark is often a point of confusion and disagreement for forensic bitemark people and ER nurses and docs. . This case goes beyond that as police … Continue reading

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