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About csidds

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

Forensic tap-dancing at its best

https://www.ocweekly.com/crime-lab-director-says-too-busy-to-search-for-forensic-science-errors/ Crime Lab Director Says Too Busy to Search for Forensic Science Errors R. Scott MoxleyJuly 11, 2018 Illustration by Bill Hunt Bruce Houlihan enjoys puzzles, but the Orange County Crime Lab director is purposely failing to solve one of … Continue reading

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Incompetent Forensics: Using DNA to identify incarcerated immigrant children

Trump’s ICE minions claim detained immigrant records were lost. Others contend they never existed. Massive DNA testing may now insue. Flubber-headed use of forensics by this org is clearly ludicrous. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/us/migrant-children-chaos-family-separation.html https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/politics/dna-testing-migrant-family-separation/index.html

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NIJ Forensics 2018: page 10 deprecates exonerations from criminal convictions aided by unvalidated methods

The US federal look on the forensic issues relating to convictions of innocent defendants is on page 10. Its mostly platitudes and clearly misdirects the reader to consider that stats used by innocence litigators are flawed. The article’s mainstays are, … Continue reading

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Forensics: Non-destructive cytology used to ID crime specimens before DNA testing

This looks to optimize the recognition of crime scene biological samples prior to performing high cost DNA analysis. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-breakthrough-cell-imaging-major-impact.amp?__twitter_impression=true

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Science versus police forensics’ “reasonable medical certainty” mythology.

  For those unaware, the cop forensics use of “individualization” for pattern-matchers ain’t science. These authors explain why in simple terms for all of us. https://judicialstudies.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JUDICATURE102.1-THOMPSON-etal-1.pdf

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Bias in Cop and Forensic Investigations …….

              …….reads like my first 10 years of training from the bitemarkers at the ABFO. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6386/243.full

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Anti-Sherlockian forensic pathologist’s claims runneth over the edge.

This fellow Thomas Young surely has adopted a self-assured confidence in areas of creationism and child abuse. One judge took him apart for being “a team of one.” His anti-deductive ramble about Sherlock Holmes published in Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/201805/sherlocks-curse Then … Continue reading

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Forensics: Two-timing Prosecutors and Cops misuse of science in the quest for convictions

The cases keep coming back on appeal, the stories are horrific, and the people responsible for railroading the innocent keep their jobs. All deny making mistakes and claim to be pursuing “justice.” The damage caused by the bitemark dentists continues … Continue reading

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Forensics: RAND study says pre-arrest forensics usually ignored

This data driven look at governmental says the use of physical evidence before arrest is lacking. Testing happening after arrest is not considered independent and is used merely to confirm prosecutorial conclusions. Some may be shocked at this  The authors have … Continue reading

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Team Kunco in Pennsylvania – Fighting junk science with DNA and scientific advances.

Fighting for John Kunco’s freedom. These attorneys never give up. Today’s hearing in PA should bring John home. Decades of effort to arrive at this point. Another ridiculous bitemark case emerges into public view after 30+ years    

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