Monthly Archives: March 2016

The shocking and tawdry history of Forensics in Mississippi ignored by US 5th Circuit once again

The US Fifth Circuit turns its back on a huge forensics scandal in Mississippi I have spent nearly 20 years investigating cases from this state involving death penalty cases and life sentences related to the errant pathology and “science” experts … Continue reading

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ABFO/ An AAFS forensic affiliate runs into problems with another bitemark matching case

The American Board of Forensic Odontology just lost its’ a face-off with the Texas Forensic Science Commission. The TFSC recommended a moratorium ( Texas Panel Calls for an End to Criminal IDs via Bitemarks ) on biting evidence after a seven-month investigation … Continue reading

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Forensics : Bypassing IPhone fingerprint system is cheap and easy to do

Just buy some special ink jet printer ink that conducts an electrical charge. Now to just match up all the fingerprints stolen from the IRS to the actual person’s iPhone. No gonna happen. Cops might like the idea. Fingerprints are … Continue reading

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State liability for faked crime lab testing goes to the jury – Boston

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan was sentenced to three to five years in state prison after she pleaded guilty in 2013 to tampering with evidence and filing false reports. 9:15 am PDT update at the bottom Massachusetts is first up … Continue reading

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Overview about “Purg(ing) junk science from courtroom” : Effective National Policies Needed

Details into what the Texas Forensic Science Commission is all about. Too bad there are 48 other states without similar legislative produced review boards. The White House needs to become more active in supporting and implementing similar standards. So far … Continue reading

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UK Forensic Science Regulator getting statutory powers may affect current SBS “witchhunt”

Dr. Gillian Tully, the UK Forensic Science Regulator The US should take heed of whats happening in the UK in reorganization of its forensic science industry in order to standardize forensic methods and outcomes. In the US, this would circumvent all … Continue reading

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DNA ruled contamination from “unknown persons” over bitemark now ineffective for new Prade trial

Nothing but eyewitness testimony was used to convict Prade of murdering his wife. The court refuses to concede that neither unknown DNA taken from the “bitemark area” nor the pseudo-science of the prosecution’s bitemark expert would be grounds for a … Continue reading

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Los Angeles leads in staggering financial effects of wrongful convictions in CA ; $221 million

This chart is from the Chicago-based Center on Wrongful Convictions parallel study on WC costs from about five years ago. This article is from California. Los Angeles leads with $93.3 million.  “Released Wednesday, the analysis says mistakes in the state’s … Continue reading

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Forensics : Montana State crime lab gets some positive PR, then this happens.

Here we go again…. Local media loves PR releases from chief Prosecutors and crime lab directors who talk about improvements to their response times for forensic analyses.  It’s titled “The Reality of the Montana State Crime Lab.” It was first posted … Continue reading

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Forensics : Streaming Presentation on Flawed Forensic Science and Innocence

This comes from West Virginia School of Law’s recent weekend symposium with some heavy hitters of sci evidence law, forensics, innocence litigators, and the media. Thanks to Brandon Garrett. Entire program on Youtube. Needs some editing. But, here is the agenda and … Continue reading

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