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Really. It is called scientific by some courts but its not available for confirmatory testing. What is it? Proprietary DNA mixture software. http://www.abajournal.com/lawscribbler/article/trade-secret-privilege-is-bad-for-criminal-justice
Autopsy Offers New Details On the Death of A Guatemalan Migrant Child — Read on http://www.texasmonthly.com/news/autopsy-details-death-guatemalan-migrant-child/amp/ Pathologists reviewing this and other migrant children deaths include @drjudymelinek. Physical and medical neglect of these innocent children is abhorent and are classic human … Continue reading
Law enforcement always goes bonkers for junk forensics. This time it is a twitchy next gen version of a “deception detector.” https://theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/
Forensics: Creating false evidence and paying witnesses assured a conviction. 24 years later, a new look reveals all the dirty tricks. Trial DA has no remorse.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/26/st-louis-lamar-johnson-conviction-police-scandal/ The police crime scene “reconstruction” is ridiculous. The jury believed it.
https://fox6now.com/2019/07/17/its-essentially-junk-bite-mark-case-underscores-national-call-to-improve-forensic-evidence/ Excellent 8min video expose’ on the recent Stinson $7.5M award for wrongful conviction in Milwaukee. As usual, the city taxpayers take the financial hit. Kudos to all those who helped this case along. Heather Donnell and her staff are … Continue reading
Forensics: The battle of open access for scientific research papers. UCLA get slapped by mega publisher Elsevier.
The publisher spans the world for science, medicine and some things forensics. It has one open access (i.e. free) journal about forensics. Good for them. This story covers the larger issue of corporate profiteering (over charging) for information that is … Continue reading
Oh dear, this is not very good news. Eurofins does this in the UK. Eurofins deals with over 70,000 criminal cases in the UK each year. It carries out DNA testing, toxicology analysis, firearms testing and computer forensics for police … Continue reading
Recent civil litigation regarding Robert Lee Stinson suing for compensation for his years in prison as an innocent man. Once again, its all about bitemarks. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/26/prosecutor-dentists-swayed-him-gut-feeling-suspect-innocent/1561073001/ A broader look at the effects of scientifically inadequate bitemark opinions. (2015) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/02/18/attack-of-the-bite-mark-matchers-2/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7d3a7afc5aa2
The scientific fallacies of SBS This article has a checkered past as the authors’ compelling analysis was initially rejected. It is telling that their story parallels the process of how overreaching expertism, once adopted by the courts and despite scant … Continue reading