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 up numerous arguments and concerns on the world of ‘mixed’ bloodstains.’
The forensic sci industry jump into selling their “progies” to the LEOs is strangely similar to the privatization prison companies. Less public oversight for starters.
Full article about Broward DNA.
But as Buzzfeed News reported earlier this year, the main problem with STRmix and other DNA-matching software programs is that hardly anyone knows how they work. That’s by design: The companies claim their methods are trade secrets and have been fighting to keep source codes under wraps. As a result, defense attorneys aren’t able to have experts independently verify the results.