Category Archives: AAFS

Battle for freedom in another bitemark conviction heats up – DNA evidence from crime scene including murder weapon #AAFS

The John Kunco case in Pennsylvania goes back in my case archives for over 12 years. Early in Mr. Kunco’s post conviction appeals, the opinions of two famous bitemark experts ( at least as far as they are concerned ) … Continue reading

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Molecular determining Time of Death (TOD) gets some News – #AAFS #Forensics

All of this is very interesting, but is not yet ready for Prime Time by any means. Humoral changes after death are many and extremely varied. Of course, DNA structures are now being looked at the University of Perth, Australia, … Continue reading

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Anti-PCAST District Attorney Says Bitemark Analysis Opponents Are “Flawed”

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
This National DA Assoc president works in San Bernardino County, among other things a place where bitemarks helped put an innocent Bill Richards in prison for 23 years.…

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Anti-Junk forensics legislation continues to use bitemark “identifications” in the battle against false convictions.

Keith Harvard. Conviction in 1982. Released in 2016. So far, two states in the US have generated new laws which allow inmates to contest dubious, outmoded or outright false claims of forensic ‘experts’ used to aid their convictions. Texas and … Continue reading

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#CA12 Bill Richards sues San Bernardino as its DA controls state compensation board

Bill Richards also has years of medical neglect and medical malpractice by the California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ to deal with in addition to the incarceration compensation. Getting restitution from the state compensation board can still be  a non-starter and only allows … Continue reading

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#Forensic Pathology: Interesting opine on ‘virtopsies’ vs dissection autopsies

Interesting look at the application of full body virtopsy scans as either a replacement or adjunct for conventional dissection forensic protocols. The writer considers the options and discusses the need for coroner/ME people being trained to read the CT and … Continue reading

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Do “Science People” in Forensics plan to #ScienceMarch on Earth Day?

  I haven’t run across any evidence that the April 22 March for Science national event has hit the radar of major US forensic organizations. The fact is that most members are local, state or federal employees. Certainly many call themselves … Continue reading

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#Forensic News for Today: Fabricated arson evidence, door knobs, familial DNA traits

This case is horrendous. Fabricated arson evidence used against a woman later acquitted of arson gets into court after appellate court opines this rule for the lower court to follow in her lawsuit against LEO authorities. “There must be persuasive … Continue reading

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Old men seem to populate the courtroom experts used in the US CJ system

I’ve noticed this for decades while I later became a “senior” myself. Old folks populate the highest level of the American Academy of Arts and Science (and probably the American Academy of Forensic Sciences) who go to court as experts. … Continue reading

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Is this ‘fixing’ forensic science? Judge says police crime lab ‘blew it’

In a manner of speaking a judge said that in Boston….. It was that damned news media using that phrase, not the government agency that messed this up. Here is a prime example what is wrong about not requiring police … Continue reading

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