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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.

Forensics: 51 prisoners will have their cases reviewed for potential wrongful convictions over hair analysis | Colorado Public Radio

Only 49 states to go. Investigators and lawyers will look at convictions between 1976 and 1995, where the prisoners are still alive and currently serving sentences. — Read on http://www.cpr.org/2021/11/29/51-prisoners-will-have-their-cases-reviewed-for-potential-wrongful-convictions-over-hair-analysis/

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Forensics: Total copaganda. Cops in NY have never had a 90% clearance rate. “Murders ‘Doubled Overnight,’ and the Percentage Solved by the N.Y.P.D. Plunged”- The New York Times

This writer is a fool. Changes in discovery rules is very upsetting for police. This article is pure sham. The police solved nearly 90 percent of murder cases before the pandemic, but only around 60 percent in 2020. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics Australia: Murder lab ‘train wreck’ in Shandee Blackburn case and implicates many more botched DNA cases.

This articcle goes deep into prolonged mismanagement of crime lab processing in Queensland. Renowned forensic scientist Dr Kirsty Wright knows well the importance of putting aside emotion during her sometimes harrowing job. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/forensic-biologist-labels-shandee-blackburn-investigation-wreck/100650606 — Read on http://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/murder-lab-train-wreck-in-shandee-blackburn-case/news-story/738939fc0249f19371e136c4d48076b1

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Forensics: 3 in Mexico who investigated 93,000 missings and killings were themselves probed by prosecutors.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three women who volunteered to investigate the 2011 massacre of 193 people later found out that they themselves had been placed under investigation by prosecutors, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities. — Read on apnews.com/article/mexico-caribbean-forensics-massacres-drug-cartels-a6a495ab069ec453bac253056309a848

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Forensics: Kudos to Liliana Segura! Conviction Review Unit Finds It ‘Impossible to Maintain Confidence’ in ’93 Arson Conviction

DA supports vacating murder conviction for Tennessee Innocence Project client Claude Garrett — Read on http://www.nashvillescene.com/content/tncms/live/

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Forensics: No surprise. Ahmaud Arbery’s Convicted Murderers Almost Escaped Charges, Thanks to Prosecutorial Misconduct

As the trial wraps up, it’s important to remember that the first prosecutor on the case, Jackie Johnson, has been indicted for violating her oath of office. — Read on reason.com/2021/11/24/ahmaud-arbery-alleged-murderers-almost-escaped-charges-prosecutorial-misconduct-jackie-johnson-george-barnhill/

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NAMUS: Justice Department boosts efforts to solve American Indian and Alaska Native Missing Person and Unidentified Remains Cases

Justice Department boosts efforts to solve American Indian and Alaska Native Missing Person and Unidentified Remains Cases – The Cherokee One Feather — Read on theonefeather.com/2021/11/23/justice-department-boosts-efforts-to-solve-american-indian-and-alaska-native-missing-person-and-unidentified-remains-cases/

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Forensics: NC State Crime Lab, attorney general, defends exposed forensic science that sent innocent men to jail

Absolute double-talk from this crime lab manager. The state Attorney General is in hiding. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A forensic science that sent four innocent men to jail in North Carolina is being defended by North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh … Continue reading

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Forensics: Brady violations galore. FBI coverups. Malcolm X murder: Lawyers for men exonerated in Malcolm X killing discuss wrongful convictions

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with attorneys Barry Scheck and David Shanies, who represented the two men exonerated this week for the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X. — Read on http://www.npr.org/2021/11/20/1057684536/lawyers-for-men-exonerated-in-malcolm-x-killing-discuss-wrongful-convictions

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Forensics: Go Chris P. and Brandon G! Problems in San Diego crime lab come to light in audits and internal documents

This lab would not pass muster by a vetinerary care agency. Why are substandard practices in police crime labs ignored? Years of audits and internal reports document problems at the county crime lab. — Read on http://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-21/security-san-diego-crime-lab

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