Monthly Archives: October 2018

Forensics: Another grassroots attempt to establish a Forensic Science Commission in Wisconsin. This paper written by PhD candidates.

http://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/uploads/5/4/3/4/5434385/bratburd.pdf The LEO crime labs won’t like this intrusion on their domains. A 2005-2008 study suggesting similar went nowhere in the WI legislature.

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Forensics: Excuses for using inaccurate dental ageing methods fill this interview with University of Texas adjunct professor Dr. David Senn

The UT system made $16,000 so far this year from ICE cases involving children claiming to be children. The method is quite popular with the man hired to do it. He also considers ” bitemark matching” to be useful for … Continue reading

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Forensics: Unscientific, biased and exaggerated dental ageing in use by dentists hired by ICE

The subject of using the highly variable shapes of wisdom teeth to age asylum seeking immigrants claiming to be minors has been a recent topic of investigative reporters in the US and elsewhere in the world. Here’s how ICE sent … Continue reading

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Forensics: Of course the DA now says the bitemark opinion is meaningless.

https://www.mdjonline.com/content/tncms/live/ DNA, fingerprint analysis sheds no new light on Metro East woman’s 1978 murder, but lawyers will appeal other issues Deputy Sheriff Robert Henke leads John N. Prante from the East Alton courthouse after his conviction for murder in July … Continue reading

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Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science

Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science — Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-immigration-agents-x-raying-migrants-age.html Up to this point, US Office of Homeland Security (ICE) doesn’t really care about this one bit.

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Forensics: Detecting lies with machines doubious and doubtful.

Lie detections looks awesome in the movies. Generally used by authorities to spook suspects into confessing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22467640

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Forensics: More cases where age assessment by dentists leads to incorrect immigration outcomes

Among clear evidence that ICE and Homeland is violating their own mandate NOT to use wisdom teeth and bone analysis, it is still a large money-maker for dentists when they are hired by ICE and Homeland to put children into … Continue reading

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Forensics: UK police love this “conclusive” bitemark opinion – DNA never gets mentioned

Five teeth out of 32 seems enough for everyone in this murder conviction in the UK. The dentist looks satisfied on the video. (the 3rd video in the article). Problems about expert error rates, etc., always go out the window … Continue reading

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