Category Archives: AAFS

Forensics: Dundee and Glasgow take a look at the bitemarkers

Let’s see if prosecutors and the judiciary get the gumption and honesty to see this as the death knell for bitemark flim flam. Congrats to the Scots and Open Access publishing! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00414-019-02163-5

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, Bad Forensic Science, Bitemarks, costs of wrongful convictions, CSI, expert testimony, forensic science misconduct, junk forensic science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#Forensics: Cop DUI machines busted. 

…..and the police want to do their DNA rapid and inhouse. Yikes.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/business/drunk-driving-breathalyzer.html

Posted in AAFS, Crime lab scandal, CSI, DNA profiling, Forensic Science Bias, Forensic science misconduct | Leave a comment

#Forensics: read the difference between hanging vs strangulation. Special focus on the hyoid bone, cartilage, and vertebral fractures.

By Judy Melinek MD One might infer from this lit review, that the Epstein family’s medical expert has gone WAY OUT on a limb. https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff/83087

Posted in AAFS, CSI, expert testimony, forensic pathology, Forensic Science Bias, forensic testimony | Leave a comment

#Forensics: Contextual bias influences and weak forensic testing results leads to jury overestimation of guilt

When police lab results are weak or ambiguous, juries commonly use non science circumstances to increase its value. https://phys.org/news/2019-10-csi-current-impact-bias-crime.html

Posted in AAFS, Crime, criminal justice, CSI, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Bias | Leave a comment

#Forensics: 16 minutes on DNA profiling, the good and the bad. From Dan Krane in Ohio

The opponents (i.e. prosecutors) to Dan’s methodology say that standards for minimum sample size and commercial profiling companies testing for inconsistencies and unreliabilities are not necessary. Of course they do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpPkmDeS3Dg

Posted in AAFS, costs of wrongful convictions, criminal justice, DNA mixtures, DNA profiling, Medical errors, police crime labs | Leave a comment

#Forensics: Syrian Refugee Develops Dentistry Tech to ID Gender of War Victims

Finally, some legitimate research in the area of forensic dentistry. Kudos to Univ of Dundee and this young researcher. Syrian refugee Rawad Qaq has unveiled his Sex Calculator, which could help forensic scientists predict the sex of a skull. — … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, CSI, Forensic Dentistry, Forensic Science | Tagged | Leave a comment

#Forensics #DNA U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum-Seekers’ DNA

Similar to building walls in Colorado? The Trump administration ignores US untested rape specimens and will collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and add the information to a massive FBI database. Trump and the GOP continue to protray undoc immigrants as … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, criminal justice reform, DNA profiling, forensic science misconduct, human rights violations, junk forensic science, police crime labs, US Crime labs, US homicide statistics analysis | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Forensics: Decertified DNA mixture methods affected 1300 convictions in the US.

An in-house DNA mixture program that has been abandoned by the NYCME’s office gets a jaundiced review by an ex-DA judge. Unfortunately, the legal and political barriers to its effect on past convictions is left up to lawyers to consider. … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, costs of wrongful convictions, criminal justice reform, DNA mixtures, DNA profiling, Forensic Science, Forensic science misconduct, human identification | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Forensics: Public familial DNA companies secretly aiding the FBI

Good thread on law enforcement’s expanding use of public corporations who have access to public DNA databases. Customers now worried. But its a business opportunity for one new company. We should add some convers on false positive or otherwise misleading … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, CSI, DNA profiling, Forensic crime lab security issues, Forensic Science, human rights violations | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Forensics: Revealing the effects of politics tainting forensic science

The sociology of police crime labs is thoroughly disclosed in this short article. Max Houck recognizes the 10 year old NAS Report and he offers some improvements. Tell that to the USDOJ. Again. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X19300853

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, Crime, Crime lab scandal, criminal justice reform, CSI, Perjury by Prosecutors, US Crime labs | Tagged , | Leave a comment