Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cops lost track of supposed mafia victim’s body but vow they won’t give up looking for it because they “never give up.”

Unidentified remains of of crime victim commonly disappear from police or coroner’s record keeping due to many factors. California has a statute requiring dental data and DNA samples be preserved and sent to the Department of Justice in Sacramento for … Continue reading

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It takes decades for courts to react when #Forensic Failures occur; another example: Motherisk lab scandal

  Bitemarkers had cases overturned in the 90’s. Doubt’s about this pseudo-science claiming “uniqueness” started in the 1970’s ( See Gianelli ). No courts paid attention by their claiming “case acceptance” by similar brethren was overwhelming. We now know acceptance by … Continue reading

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Overbearing DAs are an abomination to society professing justice for all (or some in these cases)

Putting innocent crime victims in jail crosses the moral line into the grotesque Inquistorial traditions of torture and victim humiliation. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-are-prosecutors-putting-innocent-witnesses-in-jail

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DNA ‘expert” shows she ain’t so expert

Plus the judge is not very happy. Ouch. In a double murder case in South Africa. The cross examination on her voir dire left alot of criticism to her creds and behavior on the case. It appears she only got … Continue reading

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DA agrees to exoneration after 23 years – Kansas has no compensation statute

False eyewitness testimony put him in prison. The DA said original case lacked evidence that now is available. “Nobody thought it would happen this fast.”

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Unsafe toxicology testing goes rampant in the UK – Forensic Regulator on the case

Intentional tampering cases in forensic drug case going beyond the original few hundred originally published. She said: ‘The organisation concerned held accreditation to the appropriate quality standard, but the malpractice was not discovered by the usual quality checks. ‘This raises … Continue reading

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Cautions suggested on using Bayesian Stats for all forensic purposes

Steve Lund and Hari Iyer are stat guys from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They bring forth a broader look at the ever popular use of “likelihood ratios” to support personal and scientific opinions of “match” probabilities. https://phys.org/news/2017-10-nist-urges-caution-courtroom-evidence.html

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Excellent look at determining homicide versus a staged suicide

Worth a look. A forensic pathologist present AT THE CRIME SCENE testifies in a murder trial on his use of tell-tale bits of info from the death scene. Smart cops called him into the investigation. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

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#Forensics: US Chief Justice gets a short sociology course ‘splained’ to him in public.

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#Forensics: Touch DNA “matching” mistakes and misinterpretations discussed

Locard’s Principle comes into play in this interview with a noted DNA analyst and author. Things like “transference,” and “persistence” of these little molecules create obstacles and pitfalls for their unfettered use in courtrooms and police stations. It is not … Continue reading

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