Today’s #Forensic News around the Globe: Crime rate within crime labs increasing

From the archives. Smithsonian talks about the career of a very reclusive founding father of scientific approaches to trace evidence analysis who worked from 1929 to 1954. Some called him “Detective X.” Somehow he determined the ransom notes in the Lindberg kidnapping case was from a German ex-con.

Another US crime labber hits the skids.  Deputy lab director accused of faking (i.e. ‘altering’) lab reports. The US Atty General should investigate the rising crime rate within police run crime labs. He posits against facts that the US crime rate is ‘out of control’ and pot is destroying the fabric of American society. 

Ex police chief gets his city owned cell phone cracked for over 2000 messages. He’s on trial for a host of improprieties. It cost $5000 for the recovery. That’s a bit less than what the FBI allegedly paid to hack an iPhone of its mass shooter in San Bernardino last year. Try $1,000,000. 

Fingerprinting for background checks fail a test for effectiveness. National Academy of Science.  But, what do they know about forensics? The US prosecutors (@ndaa) say the NAS is just a bunch of academic “elites.” Here is an excerpt from ‘The Hill:’

“Instead of “beacons of change,” prosecutors remain obstinately mired in the unscientific and error-prone past. Their stubborn unwillingness to improve our justice system by repetitively refusing to adopt recommended scientific reforms will result in additional murky criminal convictions marred by faulty forensic evidence.”

The Florida gators ( not the football team) will get some tasty morsels with that state’s new ‘body farm.’

From the NY Legal Aid Blog: @LegalAidNYC

Florida police use a new biometric fingerprint software to identify and arrest a man for 1992 sexual assault that their old system could not identify (Tampa Bay Times)

Scientists develop a forensic hair analysis method using amino acids and peptides found in hair to identify people (CBS News)

Texas Forensic Science Commission has determined that the complaint against the Austin police crime lab for improperly drawing blood samples in DWI cases is unfounded and will not be investigated (Austin American-Statesman)
Related: Austin Chronicle



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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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