Monthly Archives: March 2018

Swinton bitemark exoneration generates praise for Conn Attorney General – Really?

The AG’s office declined to recharge Alfred Swinton after his 1991 conviction fell apart due to DNA “touch” analysis of the victim and a bitemark expert who recanted his trial testimony. The praise for the AG in this first article … Continue reading

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Forensic in the News – NY Legal Aid Society

Click on the above to read about “pattern-matching’ forensics. Of course bitemarks are #1. Where’s the commitment to correcting past flawed forensics?? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced new DOJ policies on forensic science this week during a speech at … Continue reading

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Junk drug testing from hair and alcohol continues to do damage from Canadian Motherisk lab scandal

This story underlies the devastation to victims of false and misleading forensic lab testing. Motherisk is a hospital chem lab that contracted to Canadian legal authorities responsible for enforcing child protection laws. This story is from Nova Scotia. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/motherisk-nova-scotia-investigation-1.4553531

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Chicago Cops praise new technology in homicide drop; Trauma Centers get no credit

The Chicago Metro medical system is considered premier-quality regarding treating gun shot wounds and related trauma. The US military trains its trauma physicians in Chicago trauma centers. Combining health care with homicide statistics seems to be absent in this first … Continue reading

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The World’s largest Science Org blasts Forensic latent fingerprints for unsupportable opinions

The AAAS is relatively new to reviewing forensics, but it has taken on pattern-matchers with the full force of its multidisciplinary membership. Its candor is a refreshing look into latent print matching experts. The AAAS has no law enforcement affiliations … Continue reading

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Cop Forensic Fail – DNA collection compliance sketchy to non-existent

This is in South Carolina. Police in each county are mandated to collect from suspected felons. Some do and some don’t. Here’s why data collection by law enforcement should contain large numbers of profiles in order to have proper racial … Continue reading

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Another junk forensic bitemark case gets reversed – Swinton exonerated after 17 years – DAs still using bitemarks

  This makes 30 cases the infamous practitioners of “forensic” odontology have contributed to false convictions and indictments. Needless to say, the few existing adherents to bitemark voodoo are still alive and well as members of the American Academy of … Continue reading

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Trump’s DOJ promises advancing good things for #Forensic #Science – #PCAST not so much

The governmental missives about improving forensics always gloss over or ignore what the NAS 2009 report and the 2016 PCAST report itemized as areas needing reform. Here we go: “The new guidance implements additional quality assurance measures based on science-informed … Continue reading

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