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About csidds

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

Forensics: Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behavior rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers. An incredible, computer-aided facial reconstruction finally puts a face to one of these skulls. — … Continue reading

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Forensics: This is beyond stupid. OC Sheriff Officials Allegedly Broke Chain of Custody with Half of Their Golden State Killer EvidenceVoice of OC

OC Sheriff Officials Allegedly Broke Chain of Custody with Half of Their Golden State Killer EvidenceVoice of OC — Read on voiceofoc.org/2020/06/oc-sheriff-officials-allegedly-broke-chain-of-custody-with-half-of-their-golden-state-killer-evidence/

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Forensic Fraud: The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money

The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money — Read on http://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-absurd-world-of-coronavirus-mask-traders-and-middlemen-trying-to-get-rich-off-government-money/amp

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Forensics: Right to cop fingerprint and DNA matching databases can exonerate the innocent – often DAs object

This article talks about cops refusal and unfair prosecutorial objections to defendants having access to fingerprint search data owned by the police. The cop alternative is for defs to “trust” the police. What a joke. We should also include access … Continue reading

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Forensics: Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm – The New York Times

When the cops get new toys, this is what happens: BS predictive science misused and touted as “tough on crime ” In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a … Continue reading

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Forensics: Bottled water made by Whole Foods has high levels of arsenic, Consumer Reports says – The Washington Post

Ten parts per million is the limit. This crap is at 9.56ppm. Starkey Spring Water has been flagged in the past for arsenic levels just under or exceeding the federal threshold. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/24/whole-foods-bottled-water-arsenic/

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Forensics: GA judge grants Columbus couple new trial in infant death

The long road to exoneration. The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a Columbus couple’s convictions and life sentences in the 2008 death of their infant daughter. Ashley and Albert Debelbot were found guilty of murder in 2009. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: The Trump Administration Paid Millions for Test Tubes — and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles

Forensic fraud by The Trump Administration which Paid Millions for Test Tubes — and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles — Read on http://www.propublica.org/article/the-trump-administration-paid-millions-for-test-tubes-and-got-unusable-mini-soda-bottles/amp

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Forensics: Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killings

This is huge. I wonder if the #AAFS has enough huevos to do something similar. More than 1,400 researchers have signed a letter calling on the discipline to stop working on predictive-policing algorithms and other models. — Read on http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01874-9

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Forensics: San Jose man not guilty in death-penalty child killing case

Its all about DNA mixture software interpretation. Sound familiar? San Jose man not guilty in death-penalty child killing case — Read on http://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/19/death-penalty-case-jury-finds-san-jose-man-not-guilty-in-2016-child-killing/amp/

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