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About csidds

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

Forensics: Journals in forensics need a dose of this….

Integrity analyis for publishers and authors. My biggest concerns: 1) doctored data and images. 2) over-reaching conclusions. 3) Influence of funding sources (i.e. commmercial and USDOJ). 4) Cronyism and bias camouflaged as “support for high ethical standards” to mask critics’ … Continue reading

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Forensics: The tip of the iceberg of Trump’s shutdown. Declined attendance at Forensic Conferences like the AAFS

(photo credits: Forensic Magazine). The American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting is next month in Baltimore. The AAFS has a large percentage of crime labbers, students, and related government forensics-types who use the week-long meetings for education, networking, and … Continue reading

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Forensics: More of the usual police rush to do their own DNA testing without Validating the “Black Box.”

Another short piece of “WTF” about law enforcement over-zealous main line adoption of their in-house “novel” methods. Precautions cast aside are: “Yet as recent coverage of the police rollout of these devices makes clear, the advent of Rapid DNA introduces … Continue reading

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Forensics and Law: Lack of scientific concerns shows its ugly head in the US Supreme Court

Take a look at this short op-ed about how the highest US court handles junk police forensics. This time the subject is dog sniffing dogs as probable cause for the police to ransack your house. Lawyers need more Science 101 … Continue reading

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Forensics: Police Discover Oregon Cold Case Killer Was Executed By Texas In 1999.

A striking example of how serial murderers cross the country killing their victims. It also clarifies how nationwide genealogy DNA databases connect police departments separated geographically and the inadequacies of the US federal CODIS system. https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2019/02/police-discover-oregon-cold-case-killer-was-executed-texas-1999?et_cid=6595071&et_rid=498417758&type=cta&et_cid=6595071&et_rid=498417758&linkid=https%3a%2f%2fwww.forensicmag.com%2fnews%2f2019%2f02%2fpolice-discover-oregon-cold-case-killer-was-executed-texas-1999%3fet_cid%3d6595071%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dcta

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The fascinating backstory of the periodic table, which is about to turn 150 years old – Los Angeles Times

Scientists around the world will be celebrating the 150th birthday of the periodic table this week. Here’s the backstory of how the table came together. — Read on http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-periodic-table-150-birthday-20190131-story.html Finally. Something I remember from high school.

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Clear evidence why the innocent stay in jail: The jumble of legalisms from judges

“At the heart of the matter is the role of reviewing courts. We all are taught in high school about how the system of appellate review in this country is supposed to weed out mistakes at trial. But over time, … Continue reading

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How corruption in forensic science is harming the criminal justice system

Forensic science is only as good as the equipment and the people who calibrate it, some high-profile cases indicate. Thousands of innocent people have been harmed. Here’s how. — Read on theconversation.com/how-corruption-in-forensic-science-is-harming-the-criminal-justice-system-108975 Forensic misconduct is a real event. The police … Continue reading

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Exonerated man testifies for forensic science bill

A bill to help people wrongfully convicted by flawed forensic science is under consideration in Virginia, helped by a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. — Read on http://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/Exonerated-man-testifies-for-forensic-science-bill-504840491.html Bitemarks leads … Continue reading

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Probative Value of Forensic Science Conclusions Should be Based on Empirical Data, Not Subjective Impressions

The misapplication of forensic science is a contributing factor in 45% of the 362 wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence. — Read on http://www.innocenceproject.org/probative-value-forensic-science-conclusions/ Tell this to all your dentists who do bitemark comparisons. They refuse to admit any of … Continue reading

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