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About csidds

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

“Accelerating forensic science” versus judicial inertia due to “stare decisis”

See the framework for “new” forensic paradigms entering the judicial environment in  every convoluted detail. Here is an issue-laded Jurimetrics open access paper (18  pages) dealing with the interface of judges’ ‘science’ decision making and changes within forensic science. Simon Cole … Continue reading

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Crime lab scandals advance to over 10,000 cases and increased investigation of multiple labs

Forensics ‘data manipulation’ may have affected 10000 cases The Guardian An investigation into alleged data manipulation at a forensics laboratory has identified more than 10,000 cases which may have been affected, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Forensic experts started reviewing cases after concerns … Continue reading

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Man’s murder confession spurred by DNA phenotyping mug shot

This case deserves a closer look. Parabon DNA lab did the testing. The method of developing physical traits from DNA samples is a burgeoning business. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/18/ryan-riggs-texas-man-confesses-murder-dna-image/ More discussion on the issues involving these genetic mug shots from the ACLU (American … Continue reading

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Gunslinger Billy the Kid hangs out with his crew, one who shot him a couple years later.

American 1880’s outlaw and historical serial killer, Billy the Kid (William Bonney) sat for a tintype with some of his cohorts. Billy (second from left) was soon after shot down by the man on the far right (Pat Garret) who … Continue reading

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The New Phrenology scam crops up in China and makes inroads in Criminal Justice…..again

Long determined to be forensically incompetent, some researchers are testing a hundred year old Bertillon Paradigm of criminal visage prediction for law enforcement. He did come up with the first consistent use of photography at crime scenes. Plus he is … Continue reading

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Blood spatter continues: It’s purveyors and assumption spur critics to express weaknesses

  This is a continuation of our previous blog on blood drops and criminal justice. It is expressly “old school” and experts really heavily on “experiments” both in courtrooms and their ‘spatter” rooms. Calling this science is also present in … Continue reading

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“Almost junk forensic science” of blood spatter expertise – Its not as simple as it’s taught in class

Here is a good look at why “forensics” should be considered amateur-hour non-science in many jurisdictions. Article goes within a conviction that had the same cop being the crime evidence collector, analyst, and lead investigator. Much goes wrong in the … Continue reading

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“A pernicious pseudo-forensic science” languishes in a MS courthouse

For the umpteenth time, a court judge slowly ponders a life and death conviction which used junk forensic ‘experts’ now dwindled credibilty to put a person in prison and on death row. The dentist has a string of misadventures and … Continue reading

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Cops lost track of supposed mafia victim’s body but vow they won’t give up looking for it because they “never give up.”

Unidentified remains of of crime victim commonly disappear from police or coroner’s record keeping due to many factors. California has a statute requiring dental data and DNA samples be preserved and sent to the Department of Justice in Sacramento for … Continue reading

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It takes decades for courts to react when #Forensic Failures occur; another example: Motherisk lab scandal

  Bitemarkers had cases overturned in the 90’s. Doubt’s about this pseudo-science claiming “uniqueness” started in the 1970’s ( See Gianelli ). No courts paid attention by their claiming “case acceptance” by similar brethren was overwhelming. We now know acceptance by … Continue reading

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