Monthly Archives: February 2017

Where forensic lab reports are not testimonial – Wisconsin

Apparently these judges in Wisconsin  believe through a circuitous logic that crime lab results are not available for cross-examination. Sometimes. They approved a pathologist to talk about a tox result at a hearing about cause of death. As is usually … Continue reading

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N Korea accuses Malaysia forensics of collusion over ‘inconclusive’ autopsy

Forensic autopsies always get flack over inconclusive results that have political import. Now its Malaysia vs N. Korea regarding the airport/hospital death of Kim Jong-Un’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam. Four have been arrested in Kuala Lampur. Two seem to … Continue reading

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Course syllabus for detecting science frauds, jerks and poseurs among us

Sherlock would be proud. Take the time to read down this U of Washington course outline on “bullshit” detection in academia and society in general. The online class is closed but plans for expansion are promised. New article from StatNews. … Continue reading

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Making American Safer One Bite at a Time? – Media strikes at #AAFS2017 #AAFS

Here’s another counterpoint to the few bitemarkers still standing (most likely around one to two dozen ppl in total) trying to re-brand their position as being forensically credible at the annual meeting of the “influential” American Academy of Forensic Sciences … Continue reading

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Musings of the bitemarkers while at #AAFS2017 in NOLA

Its always so thrilling to read about certain bitemarker oral presentations at the annual American Academy meetings. Some of this tribe’s upstanding founders and veterans bring out their guns to profess what they can do. It’s also an always impressive … Continue reading

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Entering the forensic twilight zone – ‘Cardiac pacemaker’ data meter proves guilt

DA’s come up with the most ingenious ways to ‘prove’ someone is lying. They usually need an expert’s help. It all started with throwing witches into rivers to see if they float or sink (Salem, MA). This new one is … Continue reading

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Bitemarkers double-down with a “pay-to-play” membership drive #AAFS2017

The on-going American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans is a wealth of information on how its varied membership and disciplines manage their little fiefdoms every year. The bitemarkers (American Board of Forensic Odontology) membership numbers are dwindling. … Continue reading

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Learning if your Magritte is a fake – Sotheby’s forensic services

Some nay-sayers to lab testing high-end art say ‘science is never black and white.” This crap will never end. District Attorneys loving bitemarks now have some company. http://theartnewspaper.com/market/auctioneers-buy-into-forensics-to-expose-the-fakes-and-frauds/

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#AAFS2017 Man Wrongfully Convicted Trashes Bitemarkers at Nat’l Convention

Keith Harward ‘lashes out” at bitemark dentists who mis-identified him from a bruise pattern on a rape and victim. He does this at the biggest forensic meeting held this year in New Orleans. Generally, there are over 300 ‘forensic’ dentists … Continue reading

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Crime Fighters are using your family’s DNA to find criminals – Is there a Problem?

“Familial searches take one entire class of citizens — the fathers, sons and brothers of convicted offenders — and turns them into suspects.” Erin Murphy “However, while the public can rest easier knowing the suspect is in custody, there are … Continue reading

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