Monthly Archives: September 2017

A “discrepant” view on flawed forensics leading to later exonerations – bitemarks at al.

A mighty effort by someone connected to the National Institute of Justice to blend ‘forward thinking’ about science and better crime lab management improving the reliability of criminal convictions. The author uses a blend of data that minimizes how many … Continue reading

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Making sure non data-driven forensics gets a pass in the courtroom – “I’m an examiner”

This is from a well positioned advocate of “source of the evidence” determinations being based on “expertise.” The writer has an affinity for bitemark analysis as well and worries about the DAs losing their advantage of using soft ‘police science’ … Continue reading

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Forensics: Scientific American goes after (again) Trump/Sessions dumping NCFS Commission

  This iconic publisher of all things related to science has consistently reflected the need for advances in forensic reliability and “gap” analysis to reduce errors.  SA has republished this piece previously titled “Forensic Science Must Be Scientific.” Wrongful convictions … Continue reading

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The failure of Forensic Evidence standards: Daubert flaws allowing junk science in courts

“This article examines the justice system’s failure by reviewing the status of six forensic techniques: (1) bite mark analysis, (2) microscopic hair comparisons, (3) firearms and toolmark identifications, (4) fingerprint examinations, (5) bullet lead analysis, and (6) arson evidence. It … Continue reading

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“When you mix police work and science, they don’t always speak the same language,”

Nothing but the facts in this one. Other than to remind you all that the Feds want to monitor their own forensic science commission.  “In fact, the auditing agencies designated to watch the lab in the past missed the warning … Continue reading

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Forensics Video: The Big Problems with Testing Tiny Bits of DNA

From ProPublica: “ProPublica senior reporting fellow Lauren Kirchner explains the controversy over some DNA testing methods developed by the NYC crime lab” Subscribe to the DNA Newsletter for the latest on forensic news

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Cop and coroner run amok at death scene? Or is it retribution for whistleblowing?

Nasty. Sex and drugs. Or, on the other hand, it’s false and really is retribution for calling out elected coroner misconduct or mismangement.  “Allegations about the Monroe County coroner’s office were laid out in recent court filings: Sex between a … Continue reading

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AAAS, a very broad science group, looks at arson investigators and their assumptions

Prosecutors ( @NDAAJustice) will attack this report as “not relevant” due to this “scientific community” not being law enforcement employed fire investigators. Most of arson field investigators only need a high school diploma as a pre-requisite. “This investigative technique, while … Continue reading

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Deeper look at how prosecutors “ambush” criminal defendants with faulty forensics

………or do not turn over the forensics at all. It’s as if they never went to law school and took Evidence 101. DAs rarely get sanctioned or disciplined afterwards although recently, a Long Island DA got fired.  Mistrial granted on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Why criminal courts allow use of experts where civil courts would exclude

Two experienced legal commentators take a comparative look at expert witness presenting science in both civil and criminal proceedings. No surprise they pick on the bitemarkers. See the weak criminal courts exercise of pre-trial ‘scientific review’ when the judges are … Continue reading

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