Monthly Archives: February 2022

Forensics: Univ. of Washington DNA testing shows links between criminal elephant ivory traffickers

Since 2004, scientists at the University of Washington have used DNA to help uncover criminal networks behind the trafficking of elephant ivory. — Read on http://www.geekwire.com/2022/univ-of-washington-dna-testing-shows-links-between-criminal-elephant-ivory-traffickers/

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Forensics: “Shaken baby syndrome is ok.” Judge denies appeal for death row inmate in Anderson County

Roberson’s lawyers also made claims that false testimony was made during the 2003 trial; however, Evans denied these assertions in her review. — Read on http://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/judge-denies-recommending-east-texas-death-row-inmates-appeal-exoneration-new-trial/501-39bfdd8e-b687-4065-9b34-25b60c320e6c

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Forensics: Brian Laundrie’s bones showed signs of being eaten by wild animals, autopsy reveals

Laundrie’s remains were discovered “scattered” near his backpack on October 20 of last year at Florida’s vast Carlton Reserve. — Read on http://www.yahoo.com/news/brian-laundries-bones-showed-signs-185633179.html

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Forensics: Awful. Cops using Rape kits to arrest assault victims.

http://www.huffpost.com/entry/san-francisco-police-rape-kits-arrest_n_620aef1be4b0e224afcbb2a3

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Forensics: Bad, Bad. Lost evidence has collapsed 6,000 cases including alleged killers and rapists

Crime expert fears that 12,000 prosecutions have failed in the past two years because pieces of evidence that could convict sex attackers and killers is missing — Read on http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lost-evidence-collapsed-6000-cases-26214302

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Forensic Bones: A Guide to Forensic Fractography of Bone

The purpose of this guide is to familiarize the user with the science of fractography and how it can be used to examine and interpret skeletal fractures. Moreover, this guide will acquaint readers with the tools and equipment needed to … Continue reading

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Forensics: More gibberish from a DA on “what is science.” Uses typical lawyer objections about “caselaw.” Request for re-testing DNA from West Memphis Three murder scene denied

Crittenden County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Chrestman said there is little evidence that M-Vac is a scientifically sound method and would alter the DNA evidence in the case. — Read on http://www.actionnews5.com/2022/02/09/request-re-testing-dna-west-memphis-three-murder-scene-denied/

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Forensics: Review of custody deaths in US govt run Native prisons. 20 deaths in 5 years. Problem: Ex-cop is the reviewer.

http://www.npr.org/2022/02/09/1078887784/interior-department-hires-former-top-cop-to-review-jail-deaths-on-his-watchThis

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Forensics: Washington dumps state-wide ME system bill. Effort to address critical shortage of forensic pathologists stalls

East WA state death investigations ship their bodies by FedEx for autopsies. 33 out of 39 counties have elected coroners. Senate Bill 5776 would have, among other things, created a state violence and death investigation resource center. Plans for the … Continue reading

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Forensics: Hair. Another Lawyer passes the buck. AG Stein defends science that sent innocent men to prison in interview

Attorney General Josh Stein defended a science that has sent at least four innocent men to prison in North Carolina. Stein refused to answer WBTV’s questions on camera for nearly a year. But that changed in early February. — Read … Continue reading

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