Monthly Archives: November 2016

A California DA looks at racial component to filings and crime in Santa Clara

Over 60 pages with many pie charts and graphs. Little in the way of firm conclusions and remedies although he touches on over representations of specific racial groups, income, and education dropout rates. Why did you study Race and Prosecutions … Continue reading

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Musings about Trump and Science from the ‘Journal of Nature’

The slate is largely blank, except for PEOTUS’ climate change rhetoric. http://www.nature.com/news/the-ultimate-experiment-how-trump-will-handle-science-1.20971?WT.ec_id=NEWSDAILY-20161114

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Taking decades to uncover lost DNA: California will execute in 5 years

Needle-in-a-haystack hunt for evidence in old Virginia murder case required endurance, luck But what may prove the toughest obstacle was overcome two years ago by a private investigator and a persistent University of Virginia Hospital employee who scaled warehouse ladders … Continue reading

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Read about the last $$ spent on bitemark research- A waste of $700K

The now lame-duck President’s Council on Sci Tech tried to lay this junk to rest in 2016. The NIJ funded $700K in 2006 to have these two guys study pig skin bitemarks and to make something called “Tom’s toolbox.” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/2008-05-14-3530693888_x.htm

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Fingerprints tell the tale – Bitemarks are a forensic joke

These prints have no relationship to the above case. A bitemark that still has J Kunco  in prison for a over a quarter of a century. Two pictures of one bitemark. Taken at different times. The bitemark experts recently restated … Continue reading

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In case you are Bugged Out about forensic entymology

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Looking at how understaffed crime labs prioritize their rape testing

MISSOULA –An investigation by the Montana Board of Crime Control uncovers more than 1,400 sexual assault kits containing victims DNA have gone untested, sitting forgotten in evidence rooms for years. video  A $2 million grant awarded to the Montana Department … Continue reading

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Research on the history of Lynching in some very Republican Southern States

Someone in Donald Trumps’ circle of law enforcement influence said that “quelling” of public demonstrations is in order. Here’s a bit of some background about such self-righteous use of power and influence to subordinate other citizens’ rights. In his 1867 … Continue reading

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Very good look at cross-exam of crime scene responders to NC police shooting

Another case right out of “Making A Murderer.” Most of this courtroom questioning is textbook but the reporter did a good job of presenting the gist of what the policeman’s (Slager) defense lawyer is trying to do. This is a … Continue reading

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Population studies on the Differential Diagnoses present with SBS ‘triad’

A telling look at how medical expert wits years of declaring homicidal child deaths were talking through their hats about their ‘confidence.’  This Swedish collation of studies actually collected circumstances within existing pop studies containing adequate sampling of case data. … Continue reading

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