Monthly Archives: January 2017

Crime lab mess redux: Now it’s Alaska’s $90M boondoggle

These stories just keep coming ……. It seems the public’s confidence in the  “theory(ies) of crime detection” appears to be eroding from top ( governmental PCAST deniers) to the bottom. Take your pick on the bottom. Wanna try “Making a … Continue reading

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Crime lab accreditors getting a black eye and lose credibility over Austin lab

Nothing like using empirical data to establish CJ problems that are largely ignored by governmental practitioners. A few folks have been been saying this about ANSI/ASCLD for years. Here’s a scandal-in-point. Crime labs. From the NYC Legal Aid DNA Newsletter … Continue reading

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Anthropology bone measurements studied for data accuracy

An impressive formulative study involving osteometric measurements from multiple examiners across international boundaries. Impressive work and forward thinking regarding ‘shape’ and dimensional accuracy of forensic examiners estimating the age of human remains and other skeletal features. Anthros independently are leading … Continue reading

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News from in and around the world of Forensics

Mortuary training for those so inclined. Drop by on Sat in the UK.  “Looking forward to seeing you.” (the picture shows a mannequin on the table). Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong crash kills 37. There is a forensic side … Continue reading

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Early into its release, #Forensic Science Reform text goes to the classroom!

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A respected under and graduate forensic science program in the UK has introduced copies of our Academic Press/Elsevier text into its reference library and student discussions. Greatly appreciated!…

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Early into its release, #Forensic Science Reform text goes to the classroom!

A respected under and graduate forensic science program in the UK has introduced copies of our Academic Press/Elsevier text into its reference library and student discussions. Greatly appreciated! Here’s the notice for their students’ new semester. ================================================== Your article of … Continue reading

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For the discerning public: Read ALL the #forensic orgs that opposed PCAST standards

With two exceptions being the Innocence Project  and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The AAFS was rather tentative. PUBLISHED STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO THE PCAST REPORT ON FORENSIC SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL COURTS After the release of PCAST’s report … Continue reading

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iCloud connected home devices free game for criminal investigators

also add water meters…………… Amazon Echo now an Expert Murder Witness ? (Forbes) How much can police find out from a murderer’s Echo (Verge) From the NYC Legal Aid Society. Arkansas police asked Amazon to provide them with all audio … Continue reading

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Read PCAST’s forensic response to outpouring of resistance by prosecutors and labs

Newly published, it is clear that PCAST on forensic ‘science’ is taking a serious stance to much of the mis-information presented by the host of it’s deniers in the US criminal justice system. That would be prosecutors, the US attorney … Continue reading

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NIJ sponsored forensic research at AAFS 2017 in NOLA

Quite alot of this free (registration needed at RTI) February 14th meeting appears quite interesting. How’s this: “The Taphonomy of Human Hair” or “Forensic DNA Phenotyping of Quantitative Pigment in Human Physical Appearance Prediction”? It appears that the latest research … Continue reading

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