Monthly Archives: February 2020

Forensics: Bogus pattern matching in Australia leads back to the US FBI

Using science to correct false convictions goes on around the world. In Aussieland, this man spent 25 years in prison due to a “1/1,000 match” from a single hair. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/02/why-is-courtroom-science-so-unscientific/

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Forensics. Clothing seam pattern matching is junk. 

Experts have to lie and mislead courts into accepting this as an identification science.  https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/the-wear-patterns-of-your-jeans-arent-good-forensic-evidence/

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Forensics: A “cavalier”and long-time shaken baby expert will not admit his decades of misdiagnoses. 

Dr. Steiner’s “Saving the kids” mantra was later adopted by the bitemarkers.  https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/investigations/3news-investigates-science-behind-shaken-baby-cases-under-attack/95-049076b8-261c-41d7-87b2-a631864b2e6f

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Forensics: Canadian look at bias in expert testimony

An appellate judge says distorted expert testimony can “swallow the entire judicial process.” https://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/columns/kootnekoff-problematic-experts-in-legal-proceedings/

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Forensics: Perjury by a Prosecution expert #AAFS2020

Not all experts tell the truth. Good read for forensic students.  https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/02/daniel-j-wright-perjury-by/

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Forensics: Psych tests mostly junk says NRC

Psych experts have free reign in deciding courtroom outcomes in civil and criminal cases. Only 3% get their unregulated opinions are scrutinized during trial. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/16/science/ap-us-sci-psychology-tests.html https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/16/science/ap-us-sci-psychology-tests.html

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Forensics: If the UK cares about justice, it must fund forensic services properly | Angela Gallop | Opinion | The Guardian

Budget cuts in England and Wales have reduced independent oversight – and could lead to serious miscarriages of justice, says forensic scientist professor Angela Gallop — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/13/uk-justice-fund-forensic-services-budget-cuts

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Forensics: More evidence of incompetent child abuse “experts” who jail innocent parents. #pseudoforensicscience

Can’t these dolts read a medical history? https://coloradosun.com/2020/02/10/wrongly-accused-child-abuse/

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Forensics: Trumps DNA is the center point in 1990’s rape accusation embedded in defamation lawsuit. 

Delaying justice is a common tactic throughout his administration.  https://apnews.com/328cf2763624edef08246291b2c3aab6

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Forensics: 1984 murder charge of crime labber now described as lab error. 

Those DAs in San Diego are relentless. They’ve ignored this for decades. Crime lab guy suicided before trial. DNA never lies. Right? https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2020-02-04/crime-lab-worker-testifies-he-might-have-contaminated-evidence-in-1984-murder-case

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