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:

    DHS Trains Police Dogs to Wait for it… Sniff Out Child Porn!

    The Department of Homeland Security paid to pair Charlie with the task force — $9,500 for the K-9 and $1,100 for her training.

  2. Joe says:

    California Appeals Court Urged to Allow Defense Review of DNA Matching Software:

    “If a computer DNA matching program gives test results that implicate you in a crime, how do you know that the match is correct and not the result of a software bug? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has urged a California appeals court to allow criminal defendants to review and evaluate the source code of forensic software programs used by the prosecution, in order to ensure that none of the wrong people end up behind bars, or worse, on death row.”

  3. Joe says:

    Forensic Fraud and the ‘Insidious’ Culture of U.S. Courtrooms:
    “Systems-level procedural problems…all too often contribute to the admission of flawed forensics in criminal proceedings,” the study says.

    The study added: “These dynamics are more insidious than questionable individual prosecutorial or judicial behavior in this context. Not only are judges likely to be former prosecutors, prosecutors are ‘repeat players’ in criminal litigation and, as such, routinely support reduced pretrial protections for defendants.”

  4. Joe says:

    PRIVACY ALERT: Ravens fans will get DNA test kits Sunday in unusual NFL promotion
    “The Ravens on Sunday are adopting a unique approach: The tens of thousands of fans entering M&T Bank Stadium for the NFL team’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns will receive free DNA test kits.”

    It’s an approach stretching the usual giveaway model, and likely to generate fan buzz. The club calls it “one of the most innovative events a partner has ever spearheaded.”

  5. joe says:

    Lawsuit alleges sex scandal in Pennsylvania coroner’s office:

    “Allegations about the Monroe County coroner’s office were laid out in recent court filings: Sex between a deputy coroner and a police officer at a death scene; stealing prescription drugs and other items from the deceased; an extramarital affair in the woods, carried out during working hours; and showing co-workers cellphone photos of a lover’s male genitalia.”

  6. Joe says:

    Here’s What Happened When A Football Team Decided To Give Out Free DNA Tests:

    “The average test-taker may not realize, for example, that Orig3n had the right to sell or give their genetic data to a third party — like an advertiser or a drug company — as long as their name and other identifying information was removed, according to Kayte Spector-Bagdady, chief of the research ethics division at the University of Michigan Medical School, who reviewed the company’s terms of service and privacy policy.”

  7. Joe says:

    Baltimore Ravens Postpone DNA Test Giveaway After Public Health Officials Get Involved:

    “Orig3n noted that it collects users’ names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information. It may then use that information to improve customers service; respond to customer service requests; personalize user experience; and send periodic emails.”

    “At some point in the last few days, the company has changed its privacy policy after concerns surfaced that users wouldn’t be able to understand or read the company’s policies during a lively football game.”

  8. Joe says:

    Scientists Used Cellphones and Sewage to Pinpoint Neighborhoods With Drug Users:

    What’s next drug raids on entire neighborhoods?

  9. Joe says:

    ACLU Calls Thousands of Massachusetts Drug Cases Tainted:

    The ACLU calls it undisputed “that by tampering with evidence, stealing samples, and abusing drugs while working in the Amherst lab, Farak impaired her ability to analyze samples, maintain the lab’s equipment, and testify in court.”

    “Nor is there now any dispute that Farak tainted the evidence in all cases in which she served as the chemist,” the petition continues. “But following Farak’s arrest, the timing and scope of Farak’s misconduct was in dispute, and the AGO deliberately suppressed the evidence that would have exposed its true breadth.”

  10. Joe says:

    Texas Schedules Execution but Refuses DNA Tests That Could Prove a Man’s Innocence:

    Nearly 20 years after the murder, Larry Swearingen maintains his innocence, and for more than a decade he has been fighting to clear his name, in part by repeatedly requesting that key crime scene evidence be subjected to DNA testing. While the state’s case against him was built on circumstantial evidence, there was also a trove of physical evidence that prosecutors seemingly either ignored or dismissed.

    Trotter’s clothes were never tested for DNA, nor were the swabs contained in the rape kit collected from her body. There were cigarette butts found at the scene that could have been swabbed for saliva. Even the length of pantyhose — the murder weapon — was never subjected to DNA testing.

  11. Joe says:

    How a public records request helped overturn a murder conviction:

  12. Joe says:

    ProPublica Seeks Source Code for New York City’s Disputed DNA Software:

    We’re asking a federal court for the code behind a technique that critics say may have put innocent people in prison.

  13. Joe says:

    In New York City, Gun Cases Fuel Growing, Unregulated DNA Database:

    Lawyers say there are people in it who have never been convicted of a crime, and have no idea that their genetic profiles are routinely checked against evidence collected in criminal investigations.

    “It always is extremely troubling when bureaucracies spiral out of control and start invading areas that the state legislature did not authorize, and which are impinging upon privacy concerns,” said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the exoneration group the Innocence Project. Scheck said he complained many times about New York City’s unregulated “rogue” database during his years on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science.

  14. joe says:

    The Best Insurance Against Miscarriages of Justice Caused by Junk Science: An Admissibility Test That Is Scientifically and Legally Sound:

  15. Joe says:

    Police Fingerprint Fiasco and Judicial Incompetence:
    Wrongfully accused man sues former detective for $1.5M.

  16. Joe says:

    Fingerprint Source Identity Lacks Scientific Basis for Legal Certainty:

  17. Joe says:

    Putting Crime Scene DNA Analysis on Trial:

    We reported on a dispute over the methods used by New York City’s crime lab to analyze complex DNA samples. Now similar concerns are prompting a national study. In this Q&A, a leading expert explains why labs may be making mistakes — and what can be done about it.

  18. Joe says:

    64-Year-Old Motorist Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth:

    Finally, Officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins said to him, “You want to tell me about what we found?”

    “There’s nothing to find,” he said, confused.

    But Riggs-Hopkins had noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car, and when officers used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

  19. Joe says:

    Thousands of Mass. OUI Cases In Jeopardy:

    “The investigation began after defense lawyers complained the office was withholding the documents, which included worksheets related to the calibration and maintenance of the breath testing machines used by police departments.”

  20. Joe says:

    How to Spend $1,900 on Gene Tests Without Learning a Thing:

    It can’t be good when America’s most famous cardiologist, one with 114,000 Twitter followers, posts to social media that your product’s value is exactly “0.” Nor it is a great thing when comedian Stephen Colbert makes your industry a laughingstock on late-night TV, calling it “total bullshit.”

  21. Joe says:

    JUNK SCIENCE WARNING: Wearable Ring Claims To Detect Chemical And Biological Threats

  22. Joe says:

    What DNA Testing Companies’ Terrifying Privacy Policies Actually Mean:

  23. Joe says:

    Judge Unseals New York Crime Lab’s Software for Analyzing DNA Evidence:

    A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.

    Judge Valerie Caproni of the Southern District of New York lifted a protective order in response to a motion by ProPublica, which argued that there was a public interest in disclosing the code.

  24. Joe says:

    20K drivers busted for DWIs could have their cases appealed in N.J.

    “Sgt. Marc Dennis, a coordinator in the State Police Alcohol Drug Testing Unit, was accused last year of lying on official documents about completing a legally required step in re-calibrating the machines, known as Alcotest devices, which are used to check the blood-alcohol level of accused drunken drivers.”

  25. Joe says:

    New fingerprint algorithm helps ID bodies found decades ago:

    Under the new program, Johnson and eight others in the FBI unit ran fingerprints from about 1,500 bodies through a new computer algorithm that could make matches from low-quality prints or even a single finger or thumb. Previously, the standard algorithm typically needed quality prints from all 10 fingers to make a match.

    The unit is now urging local authorities to search through other old case files and send in smudged or partial prints that couldn’t previously be matched.

  26. Joe says:

    Pardoned Indiana Man Blames Cops for Wrongful Conviction:

    “The eyewitnesses have since come forward, one by one, and revealed the extent of the defendants’ misdeeds while acknowledging that Mr. Cooper was not the person that robbed and shot at them on October 29, 1996,” the complaint states. “DNA evidence bolsters their story and conclusively illustrates that Mr. Cooper is innocent and had no involvement in the armed-robbery and attempted murder of Michael Kershner.”

  27. Joe says:

    Are Face Scans Resurrecting the False Science of Physiognomy?
    There is little evidence linking outward physical characteristics and anything like predictable behavior, they note. And in any case, machines only learn what we teach them, and humans—rife with biases and prejudicial thinking, from the overt to the subtle and unacknowledged—are terrible teachers.

    To many critics, this is just plain old bad science hiding beneath the veneer of mathematics.

  28. Joe says:

    Police are using DNA mugshots to arrest innocent people:
    A recent Washington Times article, boasts that Texas law enforcement used predictive DNA imaging or ‘Phenotyping’ to guess what a suspect’s physical characteristics might be.

    This is not a joke, this is actually happening in police departments across the country.

  29. Joe says:

    Report Claims AI Can Spot Art Forgeries by Looking at One Brushstroke:

    Researchers from Rutgers University and the Atelier for Restoration & Research of Paintings in the Netherlands document how their system broke down almost 300 line drawings by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, and other famous artists into 80,000 individual strokes. Then a deep recurrent neural network (RNN) learned what features in the strokes were important to identify the artist.

  30. Joe says:

    Junk Science Warning: Cat hair lead officials to woman who allegedly sent explosives to Obama

    A woman allegedly sent explosive packages to President Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott — and was caught when officials discovered her cat’s hair on the packages.

    The label on Obama’s package included hair that was “microscopically consistent” with Poff’s cat.

  31. Joe says:

    Junk Science Warning: Facebook rolls out AI to detect suicidal posts before they’re reported:

    Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

  32. Joe says:

    Calif. medical examiners resign in protest over sheriff’s pressuring them to change causes of death in cases involving cops:

  33. Joe says:

    How Baltimore Prosecutors Pursued a Police Shooting Victim:

    Keith Davis’ attorneys also said that the state violated Brady v. Maryland when it failed to disclose DNA evidence that contradicted the state’s narrative at his trial on armed robbery and firearm possession charges.

  34. Joe says:

    90 percent of all executions in 2017 may have involved people who were innocent or had disabilities:

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