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About csidds

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

Forensics: Police corruption. Watts Scandal Grows as Attorneys Prepare for More Exonerations

Cook County prosecutors are believed to be preparing to overturn the convictions of scores of individuals arrested on narcotics charges by corrupt Chicago… — Read on http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/watts-scandal-grows-as-attorneys-prepare-for-more-exonerations/2730906/

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Forensics: First Black female in Tennessee. A 74-Year-Old Black Woman Gets Exonerated After Spending 28 Years in Prison

Joyce Watkins was granted parole in 2015, but she immediately began taking steps towards clearing her name and getting her 1988 conviction overturned. — Read on http://www.complex.com/life/black-woman-exoneration-prison-innocence

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Forensics: Genealogy DNA. Remains, found in Lincoln, identified more than 9 years later

The case began when a Talladega County deputy and a reserve officer working at the Racetrack during race week located human remains behind an abandoned house on Allred Road. — Read on http://www.wsfa.com/2022/01/14/remains-found-lincoln-identified-more-than-9-years-later/

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Forensics: Satellites and geology methods. The science that is helping researchers find the ‘disappeared’ in Latin America

Researchers are using modern forensic techniques to find the bodies of victims of civil conflict in Latin America. — Read on uk.news.yahoo.com/science-helping-researchers-disappeared-latin-112505035.html

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Forensics: Police used fake DNA reports during interrogations, Virginia attorney general says

Im sure they fake other forensic “data” as a SOP. Virginia Beach police used forged documents that linked people’s DNA to a crime to get them to confess or cooperate with investigators, Virginia’s outgoing attorney general said. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: experts weigh in on DC crime lab’s next steps

Its still politicians vs scientists at this lab in DC. The team of forensic experts advising prosecutors about the troubled D.C. crime lab are urging against District officials’ plan to reinstate some divisions of the agency quickly. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: False/misleading forensics compose 24% of wrongfully convicted nation wide. Michiganders have lost more than 1,415 years of freedom

Deniers of these stats blame the lawyers. Wrongful convictions have led to Michiganders spending at least 1,417 years in prison. Nationwide, exonerees have lost at least 26,289 years to prison. — Read on http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/wrongfully-convicted-michiganders-have-lost-more-than-1415-years-of-freedom

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Forensics: Genealogy DNA. Oak Ridge turns to DNA testing to solve ‘Baby Wyatt Doe’ case | wbir.com

The city of Oak Ridge approved a measure on Monday to accept a more than $5,000 grant in hopes of identifying a newborn baby boy found dead in Melton Lake in 2020. — Read on http://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/oak-ridge-receives-grant-for-dna-testing-in-baby-wyatt-doe-case/51-ead00789-8159-4e37-a9e1-f99a4e08f709

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Forensics: Police forensic expert jailed after 3,000 crime scene and post-mortem images found on personal computer

Makes me wonder about forensic images saved for kecturing purposes. Darren Collins, 56, illegally accessed images, including those of murder victims, over a four-year period — Read on http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-dead-body-photos-jailed-b1990056.html

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Forensics: Why victims don’t call the police. The American racial divide in fear of the police

The American racial divide in fear of the police – Pickett – – Criminology – Wiley Online Library — Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9125.12298

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