Monthly Archives: February 2022

Foreniscs: Its bites, guns and hair again. Why a High-Ranking FBI Attorney Is Pushing ‘Unbelievable’ Junk Science on Guns

This science-denial trope is endemic and will not die. Forensic analysts testify at trials as “experts.” But juries don’t know that their methods “seriously underestimate the false positive rate.” — Read on http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fbi-keeps-pushing-junk-science-to-win-convictions

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Forensics: Admitting uncertainty in forensic testimony. The Science of Injustice: PW Talks with M. Chris Fabricant

In ‘Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System’ (Akashic, Apr.), Fabricant, the Innocence Project’s director of strategic litigation, presents the horrifying story of how Americans have been wrongfully convicted, and executed, based on “expert” testimony. — Read on http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/88461-the-science-of-injustice-pw-talks-with-m-chris-fabricant.html

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Forensics: Out-of-control experts. Looking Back: Forensic Fraud in Child Abuse Cases

By Jeffrey Deskovic “Looking back” will feature reprints of articles that Jeff previously wrote while a columnist at The Westchester Guardian, which — Read on http://www.davisvanguard.org/2022/02/looking-back-forensic-fraud-in-child-abuse-cases/

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Forensics: Hiding material evidence. State Bar of Texas issues a public reprimand for former ADA. DNA later proved defendant innocent.

Former Assistant District Attorney Katie Nielsen has received a public reprimand from the State Bar of Texas for professional misconduct a case she was prosecuting. — Read on http://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/state-bar-of-texas-issues-public-reprimand-to-former-assistant-district-attorney/501-458a6b7e-f51b-487e-9f85-44907e3330a4

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Forensics: Phenotype DNA composite images shedding new light on cold cases

It’s a major tool used in law enforcement investigations: DNA, the genetic data collected at crime scenes. It can lead to a suspect or identify a victim, when it’s matched to DNA in a database. But what if there are … Continue reading

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Forensics: Cyril Wecht on the case. JFK assassination expert: Lone gunman theory is still ‘bulls–t’

A new book pokes holes in the conclusion made by the seven-man Warren Commission that Lee HarveyOswald, without any help, shot and killed Kennedy in 1963. — Read on nypost.com/2022/02/05/jfk-assassination-expert-lone-gunman-theory-is-still-bulls-t/

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Forensics: Unequal justice. Why did Tennessee’s Pamela Moses receive a six-year prison sentence?

Rachel Maddow Show: When Pamela Moses tried to register to vote — not cast a ballot, just register — she was criminally charged and sentenced to six years. — Read on http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-did-tennessee-s-pamela-moses-receive-six-year-prison-n1288648

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Forensics: FBI Statement on Investigation into Bomb Threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Houses of Worship — FBI

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces are leading the investigation into the nationwide series of bomb threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and houses of worship. — Read on http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-statement-on-investigation-into-bomb-threats-to-historically-black-colleges-and-universities-and-houses-of-worship

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Forensics: DNA links California teacher Charles Wright to cold-case murder

The inability to age DNA evidence is a limitation to these cold cases. No mention of how the police got the school teacher’s defendant’s DNA. Charles Wright, 56, of Hawthorne, was arrested Thursday on a murder charge in the slaying … Continue reading

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