Monthly Archives: August 2016

BIte Mark Matchers now under scrutiny by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board

THE FIELD: BITE-MARK COMPARISON Forensic dentist Richard Souviron, during a police workshop, urges caution over bite-mark comparisons: “You’ve got to be real careful with this kind of evidence.” Tribune photos by Alex Garcia. Tribune photo by Alex Garcia   Yes, … Continue reading

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Great look at the start of forensic pathology, anthropology and dentistry in the US – 1849

Grisly stories about murder and dismemberment  is not just a recent occurrence. This is an incredibly well-documented case of identification of human remains that reflects what SHOULD be practiced in the US and elsewhere. I’m in the middle of a … Continue reading

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Jay Koehler on Proficiency Testing

Originally posted on Forensics Forum:
Read here, Jay Koehler’s great new piece titled “Forensics or Fauxrensics? Ascertaining Accuracy in the Forensic Sciences.”  The piece develops a concept of “Type II” proficiency testing designed to accurately assess error rates in forensic…

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New York court excludes DNA sample produced from STRmix from murder trial

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“The results produced in this case are unreliable based upon Dr. Buckleton’s testimony that it cannot adequately account for the absence of defendant’s alleles in the composite profile,” Judge Catena wrote. “As Dr. Buckleton stated,…

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See how long it takes to shutdown junk “science.” A century in some cases.

The Washington Post’s ongoing series about forensic experts’ decades of conniving within the state of Mississippi’s death investigation industry should be considered for a collective Pulitzer Prize. For the past ten years, we’ve seen the misuse of such forensic subjects as … Continue reading

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Inside Exoneration litigation in Mississippi – At Times it’s Utter Frustration #ELHoward

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
? In 2016, Texas determined that dental bitemark experts should not be admitted in court. What’s now happening in Mississippi (MS) is a classic legal and forensic science example…

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The dregs of forensic “science” living and doing well in Mississippi : Mirrors Donald Trump insults.

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
I can’t add much to this, other than I’ve seen this guy at work for 23 years. Somehow, in 2012, he couldn’t remember my name isn’t Mike “Collins.”…

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The dregs of forensic “science” living and doing well in Mississippi : Mirrors Donald Trump insults.

I can’t add much to this, other than I’ve seen this guy at work for 23 years. Somehow, in 2012, he couldn’t remember my name isn’t Mike “Collins.” He did get it right this May in a Columbus, Mississippi courtroom. … Continue reading

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Bitemark cases have become prime exoneration target as DNA cases nearly exhausted @CA_Innocence

As the article states, post conviction DNA availability (numbers) have declined significantly. There are hundreds of “historic” bitemark aided convictions since 1975 which are potentially a rich resource of evidence necessary to overturned those decisions. Lets just say that the … Continue reading

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Forensics: What recanting bitemark experts tell us.

I haven’t been the only veteran bitemark expert to have debunked the rationale of matching bruises to human front teeth. There are a few others (not the guy in the pic holding the water bottle). A Brit dentist did in … Continue reading

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