Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ballistics on the hot seat as being “too subjective” in final opinions

The premise in ballistics is that all these casings might be considered “unique.” This  “new look” at ballistics from the Aaron Hernandez conviction is similar to the back and forth decades-long argument against the now debunked “hair matching” in four … Continue reading

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Bad forensic testing and testimony is no problem for this DA

A successful re-trial motion for a convicted murderer is getting a W.Va. DA to use his right of appeal. Making no inroads in the prosecutorial pantheon of notable literature, the DA says the original conviction was “finalized” in 1988. Full article … Continue reading

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Forensic Bias Redux: Execution vacated. Internal crime lab safeguards blew it.

Colleagues had doubts and concerns. The cops and supervisors loved her work. She admits to be a bit histrionic in and out of the job. The state’s AG has no concerns. Recently the governor and one judge pulled back from … Continue reading

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Medical examiner health issues in play after vacated SBS conviction

This story from FLA reveals many issues involving the fact that forensic autopsy’s are prone to mistakes and omissions. “New evidence” includes an ME’s health history, resignation, and a dead child’s disease-borne cause-of-death versus abuse by the convicted nanny. Plus, … Continue reading

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Controversial use of familial DNA searches helps lead to finds in cold cases

Originally posted on Forensics Forum:
Authorities have used DNA databases to search for partial matches in order to solve cold cases. The idea is that these partial matches are likely relatives of the suspect and authorities can focus on investigating…

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Forensic Scientist Newsletter – NY Legal Aid Society

  Subscribe to the DNA Newsletter for the latest on forensic news Thousands of Texas DWI convictions could be tainted after it was discovered that one of the state’s top forensic analysts had mixed up blood samples and gave inaccurate testimony … Continue reading

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#Mellennial Forensics: See the public response to “Knee Jerk Forensic Denials by DAs”

This fellow is running for CA Attorney General. He is also quite headliner for  believers in “speeding” executions via Prop 66. Despite wrongful convictions taking decades to be accomplished. Read about how the DAs responded to the 2016 forensic report … Continue reading

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How Bitemark evidence is still operating at the appellate level – The Kunco Case

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
The “relatively unique teeth” of John Kunco The “recaptured” evidence used against Kunco. There still is a long road for prison inmates to overcome what now is considered…

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The California history of familial DNA searches for criminal suspects

Good example of the progression of a valid and reliable forensic method advance towards acceptance. It makes many of the “pattern-matchers” weep in despair. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-familial-dna-20161023-snap-story.html

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Big blowup in FLA about ‘secret’ STRmix DNA software program

Broward county is having some crime lab problems. Some damned whistleblower got to the damned journalists. A commercially (hence private) software program for mixed blood samples isn’t helping too much either. This Google search on ‘mixed DNA litigation’ brings up … Continue reading

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