Monthly Archives: August 2016

Illinois AG OKs a chink in the armor: Allows searching POLICE private emails and media.

This  is a great example how publicity and community action can force change in long established obstacles to fair investigations of police involved shootings. Its  an opening to see how law enforcement protects itself and/or is transparent and honest. It … Continue reading

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Here we go again. New appeal case. Waukegan. Dead baby. “Missed evidence.” Kathleen Zellner

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
Another example how weak physical evidence relating to COD, the baby’s prior medical history, the DA and Def atty’s fumblings, a courthouse with cops’ history of witness coercion…

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Here we go again. New appeal case. Waukegan. Dead baby. “Missed evidence.” Kathleen Zellner

Another example how weak physical evidence relating to COD, the baby’s prior medical history, the DA and Def atty’s fumblings, a courthouse with cops’ history of witness coercion with wrongful convictions, and a “new statement” from the DA’s pathologist, brings … Continue reading

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When the medical examiner seems to be, well, a bit off during his dotage, but still works.

Body of Evidence: Forgotten Forensics What’s clear are the DAs from this state acting as if  that they can “handle” an expert with arguably diminished memory. Wanna bet it depends if his opinion benefits their prosecution? I also doubt that … Continue reading

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Forensic Science commentaries and articles for the week – starts off with Prosecutors

  Opinions and Commentary and the Bad Side of Criminal Justice California Bill Would Make It a Felony for Prosecutors to Withhold Evidence Spurred by a series of botched murder cases  and little accountability, a California lawmaker wants to rein … Continue reading

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The remembrance of lynchings in Alabama contrasted with US politics

Is it clear what a difference a few years make in Alabama? How big was the crowd at Donald Trump’s Alabama rally? “It was one of the greatest events Mobile ever put on aside from Mardi Gras,” said Colby Cooper, … Continue reading

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Gideon redux. Elite lawyers avoid Supreme Court criminal cases. Leave it to novices.

Tony Mauro How Bad is Criminal Defense Advocacy at the Supreme Court? A long-simmering problem in U.S. Supreme Court practice is gaining new attention: the allegedly sorry state of advocacy at the court on behalf of criminal defendants. As the … Continue reading

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Shocking. How long it took to debunk the FBI’s use of hair – Brandon Garrett

Santae Tribble is just one of many hundreds of victims of junk forensic testimony. Its a long read, but this journal article (in Litigation of the American Bar Association) by Professor Brandon Garrett runs the true story about the decades … Continue reading

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Forensic racism suggests “blinding” case details as a cure.

Here’s a new level of nastiness. The above is an example of scientific racism reported from the forensic anthro post Ancestry, Race and Anthropology. A new example from Iowa. From the Desmoines-Register A thistle to former state forensic scientist Amy Pollpeter, who expressed blatantly racist sentiments on social … Continue reading

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A critical look at the Pistorius case and its phony forensic experts

From the NEWS HUB: excerpt: State witness Mangena- Not an expert at all Police captain Chris Mangena said Pistorius was standing on his stumps nearly three metres from a locked toilet door when he opened fire and killed his girlfriend. … Continue reading

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