Monthly Archives: July 2017

Forensics and Police Science Potpourri – Unfortunately its all bad.

Los Alamos Study Claims Airport Scanners Can Rip Apart & Alter DNA: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/02/19/los-alamos-study-finds-airport-scanners-can-rip-apart-alter-dna/ Kentucky Police Dept. Accused of Fabricating Blood and Hair DNA, Polygraph Results and Eyewitness Testimony: http://www.courthousenews.com/inmates-wrongfully-convicted-satanic-killing-say-cops-fabricated-evidence/ Junk-science crisis in crime labs There is a long-festering systemic crisis in … Continue reading

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Simple Fire Science for Arson Investigators and Courts – by John Lentini

John has waged a very effective movement towards improving arson investigations from their origins as a science lacking high school level quasi police discipline. What Fire Litigators Need to Know in 2017 John’s history on the effects of junk fire … Continue reading

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Public attitude toward government crime labs may be dwindling.

This is not a theme that shows up in any law enforcement or prosecutor-driven media within the US. That goes for the @IAI,  @NDAAjustice or the USDOJ  The National Review The Crisis in America’s Crime Labs. a spin-off of the above titled: … Continue reading

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Junk Online Journals Abound on the Internet – Predatory Intent

Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers This list published by ‘Jeffrey Beale‘ is endless. Every year he publishes it gets longer. Incredible. It goes on for pages and pages. https://web.archive.org/web/20170103170850/https://scholarlyoa.com/publishers

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Looking at your cellphone for spit, sweat, cosmetics, and DNA

Running labs test on personal items retrieved from crime scenes. None of these can indicate time of occurrence. Obviously will be used to influence confessions and plea deals. The only true biological “identifier” would be DNA. https://www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/evidence/trace/Pages/forensic-identification-using-individual-chemical-signatures.aspx   No high … Continue reading

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Look at how well law enforcement manages forensic science -Secret hearings?

Here is how OK City handles its problems with DNA evidence in their crime lab and in high profile murder cases that are under appeal. A 2 hour pro prosecutorial soirree was in the judge’s chamber with the DNA lab … Continue reading

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Todays Forensics from the TwitterVerse

Photocopies of forensic evidence precautions.  Senior DA from Los Angeles gets caught intimidating police.  Brave lady criminologist calls out JSessions’ cancelling of National Forensic Commission. New study looking into how jurors perceive forensic science.  Belying the USDOJ laissez faire denial … Continue reading

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More input from scientists taking up the torch for better forensics

More academic folks talking about all the reasons this blog was begun in 2014. They describe the climate and environment of the US criminal justice relationship with empirically tested science and wrongful convictions.   Apparently my concerns about low quality, … Continue reading

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Cops bail on finding real perps after “their perp” gets freed from the “Country Dentist”

Nationally, the Innocence Projects have handed the police over 100 DNA profiles of ‘strong’ suspects uncovered by IP exoneration litigation. No one in the LEO industry does much about followup, according to this article. LEOs and DAs take the low … Continue reading

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WH Science Office in Trump’s Rearview mirror

Ole No 45 is barreling down the highway, all the while leaving wreckage in his path. The science side of the OSTP office that historically brought the WH the best of the best in science and science policy advice has … Continue reading

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