Monthly Archives: April 2017

New Ohio exoneration casts worries about a ‘Sessions Effect’ on criminal justice

E I’m just coining a turn to a familiar forensic science phrase, but US Attorney General Session’s cancelling the NCFS  (federal forensic forensics commission) has brought added attention to flawed  police science long advertised as being a legal certainty. It … Continue reading

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Long look at US Terror prosecutions multiple facts – not fake – The Intercept

Cover Story Part 1 “The U.S. government has prosecuted almost 800 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.” with the following links. Trial and Terror Database The 400 … Continue reading

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Forensic Science Commentators to Watch on Twitter – Not the guy in the pic

Just a part of my daily Twitter feed on the battles between politics and the forensic sciences. Radley Balko @radleybalko Washington Post and The Watch journalist guy. The Attack of the Bitemark Matchers.  BettyLayne DesPortes @bldesportes  President of the American Academy … Continue reading

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“All Science is Provisional” Yet Legal Results are either “Guilty or Not Guilty” -Forensic Reform

A pretty good interview of one of the “outsider” (i.e. non-forensic) scientists on the National Commission on Forensics that is (was) on the Trump/Session hit list for non-renewal. He clearly speaks about the challenges to a “meeting of the minds” … Continue reading

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Honorable Christopher Plourd gets a position on the OSAC Forensic Governing Board

Judge Plourd has been a distinctive opponent of bitemark ‘matching’ going back to the exoneration of Ray Krone (AZ) (first pic), Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer (MS) (second pic). As a criminal defense attorney he engineered a sting operation posing as an … Continue reading

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The US is Looking at Forensic Science real hard in the era of Trump/Sessions

The game and it’s players: 100 + days of DC powerbroker alt-facts on forensics are running up against years of real science facts, crime lab failures, and over 2000 exonerations. On and on it goes. The central theme seems to … Continue reading

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Bitemark victim Keith Harward talks to lame duck Forensic Science Commission

An ironic event occurred at the last meeting of the NCFS meeting in DC. Exoneree Keith Harward told them not to give up despite AG Sessions is taking all forensic science reform under his prosecutorial “wing.” Click pic to see … Continue reading

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Assault on Science persisting in the US Department of Justice – Updates

The War Over Forensic Science Started Well Before Jeff Sessions-Wired Critics worry ‘junk science‘ to reign as forensic panel ends– Chron.com QA: The U.S. Department of Justice scrapped independent forensics panel, but the scientific…– Science Magazine Matthew T. Mangino: The … Continue reading

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Medical product liability case lends itself as a framework on Junk Forensics use in US courts

If only there was a Rule for judges to take the time to use their own Rules on the subject of expert testimony on forensic subjects. This brief review of a civil plantiff’s complaint (Jones) against biophosphonase maker Novartis travels … Continue reading

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US Forensics look forward is getting confused – mirroring Trump’s crony Sessions

We should consider the US Department of Justice declining to renew the Natl Commission on Forensic Science just a foretelling of the retrenching push by police and prosecutor to remain outside normal scientific influences. This agency of public safety via … Continue reading

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