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About csidds

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

Forensics: Amsterdam Research Initiative for Sub-surface Taphonomy and Anthropology (ARISTA) – A taphonomic research facility in the Netherlands for the study of human remains – ScienceDirect

A simply brilliant idea! Amsterdam Research Initiative for Sub-surface Taphonomy and Anthropology (ARISTA) – A taphonomic research facility in the Netherlands for the study of human remains – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073820303455

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Forensics: The controversial company using DNA to sketch the faces of criminals

Typical situation. Privacy vs police. Parabon Nanolabs shot to fame using DNA and genealogy analysis to solve cold cases. Then it had to change tack. — Read on http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02545-5

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Forensics: Psychology. A look at the psyche of DJTrump by @davidfrum: So Trump has confirmed in his own voice that he was not self-deluded about Covid-19.

Thread by @davidfrum: I made this point w @AriMelber tonight am still brooding on it: So Trump has confirmed in his own voice that he was notluded about COVID. He knew the danger – and still opted to do nothing … Continue reading

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Forensics: Fudging the data results from (Mis)use of scientific measurements in forensic science – ScienceDirect

Jeez. This sure looks look no one took a class on experimental design at the FBI Academy. If one even exists. What an embarrassment. (Mis)use of scientific measurements in forensic science – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X20300553

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Forensics: As expected FP Examiners are all over the map. Examining and expanding the friction ridge value decision.

Is thus really a “science?” More like tea leaves, phrenology or astrology. Some FP folks are really concerned. Examining and expanding the friction ridge value decision – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037907382030270X

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Forensics: Im sure they would wear masks. Homo heidelbergensis was Extremely Resourceful

New research pieces together the activities and movements of a group of Homo heidelbergensis, a poorly understood species of archaic humans that lived between 700,000 to 200,000 years ago, as they made tools, including the oldest bone tools documented in … Continue reading

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Forensics: Bitemarks, hair matching, snitches and junk opinions. Robert Duboise’s case merits new commitment to justice in Florida

The most recent case of innocence has much in common with other wrongful convictions, including flawed forensic science and lying jailhouse “snitches.” — Read on http://www.staugustine.com/story/opinion/2020/09/02/robert-duboises-case-merits-new-commitment-justice-florida/5693919002/

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Forensics: How not to exaggerate DNA Likelihood ratios for lawyers.

It all starts with lawyers and judges learning some science. Good luck with that. Someone says “knowledge is not understanding.” This piece desxribes the didference. By Raymond ValerioChief of the Forensic Science Unit, Bronx County (New York) District Attorney’s Office … Continue reading

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Bite Mark Evidence: What You Should Know About This Debunked Science

Bite mark evidence has sent at least two dozen innocent people to prison. So why is this debunked forensic method still being used? — Read on http://www.innocenceproject.org/what-is-bite-mark-evidence-forensic-science/

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Forensics: Another bitemarker conviction gets vacated.

courts.ms.gov/Images/Opinions/CO148586.pdf This case from MS has taken over 25 to litigate for Eddie Lee Howard. Read about the famous flim flam artist Dr. Michael West talk about own brilliance. Kudos to all!!

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