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About csidds

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

Forensics: Fingerprint comparison in real time.

Interesting look at how pattern analysts collaborate and critique their differences. Their collegial culture is impressive. Photoshop tools are a great improvement in visualizing and recording features. My bitemark cronies were exposed to these methods 20 years ago. The difference … Continue reading

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Forensics: Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case

Good look at the different layers of resistance within attempts to improve forensic outcomes. Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case — Read on gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2021/04/tarrant-medical-examiner-who-led.html

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Forensics: Covid effects 1/3 of survivors 6 months post infection. Lancet

http://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf

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Forensics: A year of trauma: More than 3,600 US health workers died in Covid’s first 12 months – CNN

Lost on the Frontline, a yearlong investigation by The Guardian and KHN to count health care worker deaths, ends Thursday. This is what was learned in a year of tracing the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. — … Continue reading

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Forensics: A lookback on the DC crime lab’s political turmoil. Firings and nepotism reigned supreme.

The history of an acclaimed “independent” crime lab getting the shaft in Washington DC. Now the lab is in hot water for “deliberately concealed” botched lab tests. csidds.com/2016/05/25/wash-dc-crime-lab-continues-to-coverup-its-problems-of-law-enforcement-bungles/ Now the lab is suspended from operation. https://dcist.com/story/21/04/07/dc-crime-lab-loses-accreditation-over-allegations-of-conealing-information/

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Forensics: Wrongful Conviction – Podcasts

Read about the dark side of wrongful convictions. Multiple podcasts. Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit … Continue reading

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Forensics: A Detective Was Accused of Lying. Now 90 Convictions May Be Erased. – The New York Times

Warning for forensics ppl. When the police want to tell you what happened, do not engage. The Brooklyn district attorney will move to dismiss old convictions in which a former narcotics detective, accused of perjury in Manhattan, played a key … Continue reading

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Forensics: How bias affects forensic methods with Itel Dror

Interview by Brandon Garrett

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Forensics: Forensic pathologist: The real key to the Chauvin verdict (opinion) – CNN

Understanding the complicated medical terms used by expert witnesses may be crucial to following the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, writes forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek. — Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/04/06/opinions/chauvin-verdict-key-pathology-melinek/index.html

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Forensics: Death Row Inmate Should Get New Trial After False Testimony by Tarrant Medical Examiner: Judge

A man who was sentenced to death in a 2004 Fort Worth murder case should get a new trial because of false and misleading testimony by Tarrant County Medical… — Read on http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/death-row-inmate-should-get-new-trial-after-false-testimony-by-tarrant-medical-examiner-judge/2598684/

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