Monthly Archives: October 2016

Forensics: Accusing a crime lab of planting evidence, innocent man executed in CA, +++more

News Miner: Eberhart: Fairbanks Four deserve compensation… Arkansas Online: Faulty science gains 2 Arkansas convicts new trials… Los Angeles Times (editorial): California has executed 13 men since reviving the death penalty. Was one of them innocent?… Detroit Free Press: Lawyer … Continue reading

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Forensics and Criminal Law Potpourri – Some good stuff about innocence, arson, exon $$

From the Center for Wrongful Convictions’ Friday blog. Boston Herald: Arson evidence under fire… The St. Louis American: Exoneree George Allen Jr. passes away, mother is raising funds for funeral… The Daily Progress: State treasurer seeks guidance in paying Beatrice 6 … Continue reading

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Parsing the error rates a judge found acceptable for a “ballistic similarity” = “identification”

The war of words about what is ‘reliable’ about forensic opinions is getting stretched and compressed depending on the source of comment. The fingerprint corp called the IAI  had its’ president put a 3/4 page blast out about his ‘standing’ … Continue reading

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How-To about jury deliberations that do not convict the defendant

“Jury Myths” is an op-ed by a defense attorney on popular definition misconceptions regarding legal procedural and factual differences;  he compares ‘innocence’ versus ‘not guilty’ versus ‘guilty’ outcomes at criminal trials. It boils down to  ‘actual innocence’  being a product of … Continue reading

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Netherlands Forensic Institute ranks high in world-wide successful investigations

I hear that the NFI ( located at the Hague ) also has an excellent physician/forensic anthropologist traveling the world on these cases. I love those loupes! This article highlights the world-wide scope of a national crime lab.  I haven’t seen … Continue reading

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NRA must be upset over this one – “defense of another” dosen’t bother DA

“The shooting happened the day after Acosta-Sanchez had eluded police efforts to arrest him and an ensuing manhunt involving police and forest rangers, as well as dogs, ATVs and helicopters. Acosta-Sanchez escaped by swimming across the Rio Reservoir. Police broke … Continue reading

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A real bad day…Judge tells Texas state forensic examiner to stop testifying in DWI case

Texas has a mish-mash of regional crime labs which cross pollinate into counties without a dedicated facility. Some are accredited by the ASCLD. Here is its’ police and commercial lab corporation’s approved list of Texas labs. I don’t see Collins County … Continue reading

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Facial reconstruction from a blood sample used for criminal investigation

Nothing in this newspaper blurb says how any of this has been validated. The police admit not being sure what to do with it. No one brought up the ‘CSI’ method of using digital facial recognition which seems to be … Continue reading

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Forensic and Law News: Monday’s Quick Clicks…

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
The Intercept: Donald Trump’s Ugly Attack on Central Park Five Reflects All-Too-Common Attitude… FOX Illinois: Wrongful Conviction Puts Teshome Campbell Behind Bars For 18 Years… The Daily Progress: 2 federal lawsuits seek compensation for exonerated…

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Messed up DNA testing fixed after 24 years in prison; Lazy ballistics

Wisconsin man exonerated and released from prison after 24 years after Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office found lab analyst made errors in original 1992 DNA analysis report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) A new study shows that PredPol, a predictive policing software … Continue reading

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