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Monthly Archives: April 2022
Forensics: Despite exoneration cases debunking these opinions, all a judge needs is a bite mark, a forensic dentist, and a heinous murder: how junk science ruins innocent lives.
Charles McCrory has spent decades in prison for the murder of his wife, convicted on the strength of bite mark evidence. The problem? CSI-style forensics is bad science — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/apr/28/forensics-bite-mark-junk-science-charles-mccrory-chris-fabricant
Forensics: Another “99.9%” certain child abuse pediatrician Dr. Barbara Knox resigns Alaska position #junk #science
She calls herself a “child abuse expert.” Parents and caregivers say their lives were upended after Knox wrongly diagnosed children’s illnesses or accidental injuries as abuse. https://wnanews.com/2021/12/02/child-abuse-cases-barbara-knox-rejected-wisconsin/
Forensics: False witness testimony and coerced confessions mixed with ‘Junk’ Forensic Science Lands Thousands of Innocents in Prison
The dawning realization that junk science might have put a vast number of innocent people behind bars has prompted the Innocence Project to widen the net of cases that it takes on. — Read on thecrimereport.org/2022/04/28/junk-forensic-science-lands-thousands-of-innocents-in-prison/
Forensics: Family awarded $1.5 million for wrongly being told family member had died
When Frankie Kerrigan showed up at his pall bearer’s house in Orange County back in May 2017, everyone was stunned. — Read on http://www.kcbd.com/2022/04/20/family-awarded-15-million-wrongly-being-told-family-member-had-died/
Junk Forensics: Alabama DAs love bitemarks.
This state’s AG feted the ABFO crew when they showed up in a bm case in Guntersville. This case isnt any better. https://theintercept.com/2022/03/12/bite-mark-evidence-charles-mccrory/
Forensics: With bloodied gloves, forensic teams uncover gruesome secrets of Bucha in Ukraine
While investigators uncover the remains of civilians, heartbroken families wait nearby to reclaim their loved ones — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/09/with-bloodied-gloves-forensic-teams-uncover-gruesome-secrets-of-bucha-in-ukraine
Forensics: CBS interview about faulty forensics. No research bitemarks leads the conversation with Chris Fabricant.
Forensics: See Chris Fabricants new book! Ketanji Brown Jackson: why it matters for science that a former public defender could serve on the Supreme Court.
The author of a new book explains how junk evidence rules criminal trials. — Read on slate.com/technology/2022/04/ketanji-brown-jackson-forensic-science-public-defender.html
Forensics: More fakery. Former Pinellas County Forensic Science Specialist fired for falsifying documents, PCSO says
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Specialist was fired for falsifying forensic documents, a PCSO investigation revealed. — Read on http://www.fox13news.com/news/former-pinellas-county-forensic-science-specialist-fired-for-falsifying-documents-pcso-says
Forensics: DNA analyst accused of “cooking the books” in a murder case.