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About csidds

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

Forensics: Jack the Ripper and “clothing matching” = Looking at professional advancement despite “ubiquitous” reliability

In the shadow of the recent Jack the Ripper mtDNA fiasco, here is another. Apparently all our Levis’ pants seams and buttons are unique or something close to it according to one guy at the FBI. He gets a pass … Continue reading

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Forensics: USING STATISTICS LIKE A DRUNKARD USES A LAMP POST; FOR SUPPORT NOT ILLUMINATION

Awesome read: Forensic/Science Accuracy . This is a British Commonwealth legal review of forensic expertism. Many nuggets of prior cases and judge-like opines are presented. The article also appreciates the contribution of US law profs Risinger, Saks, and Thompson’s activities … Continue reading

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Forensics: Have you left your DNA trail at a crime scene recently?

Terrible questions will come to mind when the police call you up for an “interview.”  Read this in advance. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/long-handshake-spread-your-dna-objects-you-didnt-touch

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“Making Forensics Unsafe” – Again its the FBI pattern matchers.

(Image credit: ProPublica) This has a familiar ring to it. More or less it is the “I can see it, even if you can’t” brand of accepted “scientific” testimony. This is the path of other forensic innovators who single-handedly advance … Continue reading

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Judging The Value of Forensic Evidence | Inside Science

A legal eagle (judge) says judges are a “quick study” about science. Thats still not science. Their messed up case decisions serve as proof. Some prosecutors take advantage. (Inside Science) — According to Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, at … Continue reading

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#AAFS2019 Take a look at the AAFS forensic dentists’ “transparency” problems as the: Innocence Project Sues for Access to Museum’s Bite Mark Archive | New York Law Journal

The wrongful conviction exoneration group says the federally-run National Museum of Health and Medicine violated its First Amendment rights by denying it access to the archives of a prominent national odontology group that in the past promoted the now-controversial forensic … Continue reading

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Forensic bias of CPS abuse doctors analyzed, revealed, and needs fixing.

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Forensics: Journals in forensics need a dose of this….

Integrity analyis for publishers and authors. My biggest concerns: 1) doctored data and images. 2) over-reaching conclusions. 3) Influence of funding sources (i.e. commmercial and USDOJ). 4) Cronyism and bias camouflaged as “support for high ethical standards” to mask critics’ … Continue reading

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Forensics: The tip of the iceberg of Trump’s shutdown. Declined attendance at Forensic Conferences like the AAFS

(photo credits: Forensic Magazine). The American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting is next month in Baltimore. The AAFS has a large percentage of crime labbers, students, and related government forensics-types who use the week-long meetings for education, networking, and … Continue reading

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Forensics: More of the usual police rush to do their own DNA testing without Validating the “Black Box.”

Another short piece of “WTF” about law enforcement over-zealous main line adoption of their in-house “novel” methods. Precautions cast aside are: “Yet as recent coverage of the police rollout of these devices makes clear, the advent of Rapid DNA introduces … Continue reading

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