Monthly Archives: November 2019

#FORENSICS: When the crime scene evidence never gets to the crime lab. Sadly, both are managed by the same people. Says alot about the future of cop DNA testing.

From the great state of Orange County, California. https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article237862684.html

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#Forensics: Errors in fingerprinting matches get some air time. Training and low standards a major focus.

One major issue in the fingerprinting world is how court testimony of these experts can mislead juries to expect mis-matches never occur. https://theintercept.com/2019/11/29/fingerprint-examination-proficiency-test-forensic-science/

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#Forensics: How DNA transfer is affected by “shedder” status. 

Any assumption that a DNA mixture can prove who was and wasn’t the perp gets clobbered in this study. Some people shed (i.e. leave) DNA more than others.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1872497319301164

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#Forensics: Ageing the colors of a bruise. It doesn’t work.

Every dentist who has testified on the age of skin injuries from their color should contact the Innocence Project to initiate review of their unreliable opinion. Justice demands the advances of science should influence all these cases from the last … Continue reading

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Dana Delger ’10 Fights to Keep Flawed Forensics From Convicting the Innocent | Columbia Law School

Dana Delger ’10 works as a strategic litigator for the Innocence Project and fights against using flawed forensic evidence, like bite marks, in criminal cases. — Read on http://www.law.columbia.edu/news/2019/11/dana-delger-fights-to-keep-flawed-forensics-from-convicting-the-innocent These lawyers know how to talk science. No wonder the crime … Continue reading

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#Forensics Getting Better. Ultrasensitive protein method ( might) let scientists ID someone from a single strand of hair | Science | AAAS

Heavily shedding criminals, beware — Read on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/scientists-can-now-identify-someone-single-strand-hair

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#Forensics Not So Good. Leaked Documents Say Roughly 2,000 NY Prisoners Affected By Erroneous Drug Tests – Gothamist

https://gothamist.com/news/leaked-documents-say-roughly-2000-ny-prisoners-affected-by-erroneous-drug-tests

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Planned Texas execution under unprecedented US and international scrutiny. This article says why.

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/08/rodney-reed-death-row-texas/

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Forensics: Dundee and Glasgow take a look at the bitemarkers

Let’s see if prosecutors and the judiciary get the gumption and honesty to see this as the death knell for bitemark flim flam. Congrats to the Scots and Open Access publishing! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00414-019-02163-5

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#Forensics: Cop DUI machines busted. 

…..and the police want to do their DNA rapid and inhouse. Yikes.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/business/drunk-driving-breathalyzer.html

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