Monthly Archives: April 2016

Forensics: National Inst of Justice training webinars

Controlled Substances & Toxicology Focus on DNA Sequencing IPE & Trace Evidence Postmortem Interval & Molecular Autopsy

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The nature of DNA exonerations are changing

The National Registry of Exonerations just published data on the various crime types of cases where exonerations occur. DNA exonerations no longer occur primarily in rape cases, but in homicides, including many rape-murder cases. In addition, the number of DNA … Continue reading

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Forensics: Looking at attempts to age fingerprints in US court cases – FSI Journal

Meet “Freddie the Fingerprint” Reviewing the actual courtroom testimony of forensic experts is clearly the way to suggest “reforms” and to publish how examiners approach their “science” in diverse ways. Sound familiar? Pathology. Bitemarks. An interesting look at what goes … Continue reading

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Better news from within the American Brd of Forensic Odontology bitemark scandal

  This is a short story but its carries an important metaphor about the “forensic science “reform” process rocketing¬†through the media and courtrooms in the US and the UK. A pertinent question I have is “how does the our legal … Continue reading

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More problems with the US Medical Examiners System – Underfunding

Death investigation within Medical Examiner/Coroner system has always been the most underfunded in the Law Enforcement Organization (LEO) systems. The numbers of boarded med path people is seriously declining. Working in such conditions certainly does not create much enthusiasm despite … Continue reading

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Forensics: Forensic Pathology study on skin injury patterns shows lack of agreement

Published in the Apr 15 2016 Journal of Forensic Sciences, this paper are the results of a NAME (US medical examiners) online study of human skin injury pattern diagnostic categories ( the basics of “blunt,” “sharp,” and “source” identification) undertaken … Continue reading

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The American Dental Association needs to act on members still practicing bitemarks

Most of the US bitemark group, the American Board of Forensic Odontology, are also members of the ADA. In fact some of the ABFO are “vaunted” as fighting crime through their “success” in criminal court convictions. ¬†Here’s a 2015 link … Continue reading

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The latest bitemark exoneration in VA raises the issue of what to do with other bitemark convictions

This editorial article speaks volumes about the the damage done to one man ( in his own words) and expands public concern about other criminal defendants in our Criminal Justice system during the 50 years of “judicially accepted” bitemark opinions … Continue reading

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Ad Hoc Forensic “research’ by FBI reveals how junk gets into court – #MakingAMurder

FOUR EXPERTS EXPLAIN WHY FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF CRIME SCENES IS NOT AS RELIABLE AS YOU MIGHT THINK The deep media and the public’s viral response to Steven Avery’s multiple convictions for murder has developed some valuable insight into the lengths … Continue reading

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Forensics: The role of social media as a watchdog on abuse of power and and imperfect science

I have significant experience listening (especially at the last AAFS meeting) and reading snide comments from mostly volunteering participants (commonly defensive) in the “forensic science reform” debate demeaning the “blog” aspect of journalistic reporting. My vocal response at the AAFS … Continue reading

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