Monthly Archives: December 2016

Prosecutors started to look at Austin PD DNA analyst 6 years ago

Its better late than never, I guess. Good example on how DA CIUs (conviction integrity units) get a bad rap. This Cleveland DA says some of them are just ‘news releases.’ “During that sexual assault trial, prosecutors wrote two memos … Continue reading

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More on Forensic Expertise that is largely arbitrary and amatuerish

When someone learns PhotoShop, danger often enters the courtroom when methods and skill sets are loose and standard methods largely not compulsory. Experts in this field have a paucity of validation testing about what they bring in front of a … Continue reading

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Regardless of UK LEO witch hunt, Forensic Expert continues to express herself

I have been following Dr. Waney Squier’s odyssey of medical retribution against her for doubting the ‘science’ behind the over-stimulated use of Shaken Baby criminal convictions. This article shows, after years of bumbling partisan tomfoolery against her, she is not … Continue reading

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The cost of Austin crime lab failure reaches $6.5 – $14 million estimates

Regardless of the politicians assurances, this taxpayer cost will surely go up to  include whatever additional legal costs that occur over the propose next five years. Its 12 years worth of crime lab cases. So far, no one has blamed … Continue reading

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Austin Crime Lab woes gets even worse – Pushback against DNA upgrades

Here’s a short bit from why the Austin TX police run crime lab road to recovery just fell off a cliff. The state’s overseers are having resistance to retraining some of the existing employees. As in ………. “a supervisor’s decision … Continue reading

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It’s a good start. The $2 drug tests are great for law enforcement drug warriors, but not much good for anyone else.

More Prosecutors Refuse To Accept Guilty Pleas Based On Faulty $2 Field Drug Tests Latest on cheapo, error prone drug tests apparently going south in Oregon. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161206/15130336213/more-prosecutors-refuse-to-accept-guilty-pleas-based-faulty-2-field-drug-tests.shtml

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Politics, Military Police and Forensic Science Conflicts

The white hats in the forensic science world like to say that “truth” in their investigations always wins out. Read this story about how a US military medical examiner in Afghanistan got his investigation quashed by a general whose name … Continue reading

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Prosecutors dragging their feet on uncovering extent of years long crime lab scandal

In part, the crime lab scientist stole, used and messed with drugs while employed at the crime lab since….. “An interim report by state Assistant Attorney General Thomas Caldwell said, “Ms. Farak began using controlled substances regularly in the last … Continue reading

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Big Civil Payout in Digital Fingerprint Mis-handling and Release to Third Party

This is just about a tanning salon franchise. The settlement class action amount is chump change compared to what will happen if/when biological info in commercial use gets lost or stolen or surreptitiously resold. As usual, the lawyer gets alot … Continue reading

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We are entering the Twilight Zone: Bitemarks can now prove innocence?

No one escapes the Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including psychological horror………. The Politics of Forensics in the US is Alive and Well. Here are … Continue reading

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