Dr. Mike Bowers is a practicing dentist in Ventura, CA. Dr. Bowers is a clinical associate professor at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is a licensed attorney and has assisted the Innocence Project Network in cases where forensic science has erroneously convicted innocent defendants throughout the US.  His latest book is “Forensic Testimony: Science, Law and Expert Evidence”  and “Forensic Dental Evd” available at Amazon.com.51thlZGjvsL_00341gBJMxHRcL

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  1. joe says:

    Forget Police Sketches: Researchers Perfectly Reconstruct Faces by Reading Brainwaves:

    This Screams Junk Science!

  2. joe says:

    Dutch-Russian cyber crime case reveals how the police tap the internet:

  3. joe says:

    The US Criminal “Justice System” is Devoid of Justice:

    In America only the innocent go to prison.

    Americans do not understand this. They have been deceived by “law and order conservatives” that liberal judges always let the criminals off and that any criminals that somehow are sent to prison despite the liberal judges are rescued from jail by liberal parole boards.

    The fact of the matter is that only 3% of felony cases go to trial, and in these cases prosecutors are able to bribe and to pay witnesses for false testimony against the accused and to withhold exculpatory evidence that would clear the defendant of the charges. In other words, conviction regardless of the evidence is almost always obtained.

    In the other 97% of the cases, the defendant’s attorney negotiates with the prosecutor a fictitious charge to which the accused will plead guilty in exchange for dropping the more serious charge for which the accused was arrested. The attorney knows that to defend against even a false charge is unlikely to be successful and that the accused will draw a longer sentence from going to trial than from agreeing to a lesser charge in a plea bargain. Both prosecutor and judge are grateful, because it saves both from days, even weeks, of court time, thus keeping the judge’s case load lighter and permitting the prosecutor many more convictions with which to embellish his record. A week of plea bargains can produce many times the convictions of a week in court dealing with one case. The fewer cases the judge has to study and to apply his understanding of the law, the better for the judge.

  4. joe says:

    Junk Science Warning: ATF Van That Can Allegedly Track Shell Casings Coming to a City Near You:

    The van, which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) first rolled out in May, makes it possible to immediately test guns and shell casings at a crime scene. It’s aimed at “helping police departments around the country,” an ATF spokesperson told Mother Jones.

    The plan is for the ATF van to move from city to city and spend a few weeks in each one. Before coming to Chicago, the van spent May in Baltimore, another city Trump has chided in the past. Despite the tech upgrade, in the three weeks that the van has spent in the Windy City, it hasn’t helped police make any arrests, according to the department Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Nonetheless, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says that he’s “glad the feds have arrived” and that the city “needs the van full time.”

  5. joe says:

    Man Jailed For 90 Days After Police Mistake Drywall Powder For Cocaine:

  6. joe says:

    Dr. Death and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Corruption and Injustice in the American South:

    “At the heart of the first is Dr. Steven Hayne, a doctor the State of Mississippi employed as its de facto medical examiner for two decades. Beginning in the late 1980s, he performed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 autopsies per year, five times more than is recommended, performed at night in the basement of a local funeral home. Autopsy reports claimed organs had been observed and weighed when, in reality, they had been surgically removed from the body years before. But Hayne was the only game in town. He also often brought in local dentist and self-styled “bite mark specialist” Dr. Michael West, who would discover marks on victim’s bodies, at times invisible to the naked eye, and then match those marks-“indeed and without doubt”-to law enforcement’s lead suspect.”

  7. joe says:

    UK terror informants will face lie detector tests:

    “Questions have been raised over the reliability of MI5 and police intelligence following a spate of terrorist attacks in the UK that left 36 people dead over the last four months.”

  8. joe says:

    Google could soon get access to hundreds of thousands of patients’ genetic data:

    Edward Hockings a researcher at the University of the West of Scotland, explains the risks of letting a private company gain access to sensitive genetic data.

    In Google’s case, he says, it could allow them to target users with personalised advertising based on their preferences and health risks.

    It could also create profiles of people based on their DNA data, which may provide details such as their risk of becoming a criminal.

    He says genomic data is ‘the oil of the digital era’ and there is nothing stopping it from be captured, bought and sold in the future.

  9. joe says:

    Houston Police End Use of Drug Tests That Helped Produce Wrongful Convictions:

  10. joe says:

    Kentucky Police Dept. Accused of Fabricating Blood and Hair DNA, Polygraph Results and Eyewitness Testimony:

  11. joe says:

    Revising State Post-Conviction Relief Statutes to Cover Convictions Resting on Subsequently Invalidated Expert Testimony:

    “Over 300 prisoners have already been exonerated by postconviction DNA testing. In many of these cases, the subsequent DNA testing demonstrated the invalidity of expert testimony that had been relied on as the basis for the prior conviction. Given the disturbing revelations of the weaknesses in many traditional types of forensic science, in the future there will probably be many more requests for postconviction relief on the ground that later scientific research has eroded confidence in the expert testimony that served as the basis for an earlier conviction.”

  12. joe says:

    A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution:

    Helix will sequence your genes for $80 and lure app developers to sell you access to different parts of it.

  13. joe says:

    Bogus Fentanyl Drug Warning: Touching small amounts of drugs could be lethal to officers:

  14. joe says:

    Researchers claim they can identify what you look like and who you are by listening to your voice:

    “From something as simple as the sound of your breath, Rita Singh, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute , can pull information about what you look like and the room from where you are calling.”

    “Every person’s voice is unique, just like your fingerprint and DNA, so we are on our way to converting voice to kind of like a barcode to identify every human,” said Singh, who has been studying voice for decades. “Basically, we are trying to sketch the entire persona of a human and their environment.”

    US Coast Guard Considers Using It To Identify Hoax Callers…

  15. joe says:

    Federal Appeals Court Castigates Kansas Cops for Pot Raid Triggered by Tea:

    Appeals Court judge notes that police raided a family’s home “based on nothing more than junk science, an incompetent investigation, and a publicity stunt.”

  16. joe says:

    Junk Science Warning: New optical device could help detect drugs, bomb-making chemicals and more

  17. joe says:

    George Mason University-Led Consortium to Manage DHS-Funded Criminal Network Analysis CoE::

    “The CINA CoE will also conduct research on criminal network analysis, criminal activity patterns, criminal investigative processes and forensics.”

  18. joe says:

    George Mason’s new Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis:

    “The Center’s research will focus on criminal network analysis, dynamic patterns of criminal activity, forensics, and criminal investigative processes. CINA will work with DHS components and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to develop strategies and solutions for on-the-ground use by agents and officers to predict, thwart, and prosecute crimes. CINA will also contribute to the education and development of both university students and professionals working in the realms of prevention, prediction, investigation and prosecution.”

  19. joe says:

    “We must use forensic analysis carefully, but we must continue to use it,” he said, according to prepared remarks. “We should not exclude reliable forensic analysis — or any reliable expert testimony — simply because it is based on human judgment” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

  20. joe says:

    DHS’s disturbing “extreme vetting” program will target people based on their ideology:

  21. joe says:

    Man Convicted Of Murder Through Hypnotism Is Freed After 38 Years In Prison:

    “Lisa Kavanaugh, director of the Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program and Clay’s attorney, said the witnesses confirmed her client’s identity only after being hypnotized, an identification method that new research has largely debunked.”

  22. joe says:

    Subway shop sues Utah police after employee cleared of drugging officer’s drink:

    Police officials at the time said that after the officer had become sick, a special drug-scanning ”ion test” later conducted on the drink showed the presence of the drugs. The lawsuit says the test has a ”known high false positive rate.” Indeed, state crime lab results later showed that there was nothing illicit in the lemonade..

  23. joe says:

    Horse Abuse Investigators Claim Showing The Faces Of Horses Might Put Investigation In Jeopardy ( I just can’t believe their reasoning, are they using facial recognition?)

    “Portage County APL investigators asked that we not show the horses faces, fearing they may be recognizable, possibly putting their investigation in jeopardy.”

  24. joe says:

    Portland’s Precrime Experiment and the Limits of Algorithms:

    The competition asked entrants to make place-based predictions for crimes occurring in Portland Oregon over the three month period beginning March 1, 2017. These predictions were to cover different criminal offense types (e.g., burglary and motor vehicle theft) over a variety of timeframes (i.e., one week, two weeks, one month, two months, and three months).

  25. joe says:

    DNA collected at arrest often not removed from crime databases for those not convicted:

    Ohio is among more than 30 states in recent years that have expanded their reach to collect DNA samples from people when they are arrested, rather than convicted, of serious crimes.

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