Category Archives: AAFS

Forensics: Racist? Repatriating enslaved human remains. MOVE Bombing Remains Scandal Shows Enduring Racism in Anthropology

The remains of two victims of the MOVE bombing were improperly kept for decades — part of a long history of racism and colonialism in the field of anthropology. — Read on http://www.teenvogue.com/story/move-bombing-remains-anthropology/amp

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Forensics: Military forensic team could help identify Native residential school remains: Canada

The Casualty Identification Program specializes in using forensics along with historical and anthropological research to identify battlefield remains. — Read on globalnews.ca/news/8035204/canadian-forces-identification-team-residential-schools/

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Forensics: DA and police misconduct = Hidden Costs: Liability Judgments for Wrongful Capital Prosecutions Cost Taxpayers in Death-Penalty States Hundreds of Millions of Dollars | Death Penalty Information Center

Now, as the number of murder exonerations mounts across the United States, a previously hidden cost is emerging: the cost of liability for police and… — Read on deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/hidden-costs-liability-judgments-for-wrongful-capital-prosecutions-cost-taxpayers-in-death-penalty-states-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars

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Forensics: Leaving trace DNA? All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply? — Read on http://www.thecity.nyc/2021/7/15/22575790/all-cops-should-submit-dna-samples-to-avoid-crime-scene-confusion-federal-report

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Forensics: Opinion. It’s time to end the trade secret evidentiary privilege among forensic algorithm vendors

The GAO report shines an urgent spotlight on technical issues concerning law enforcement’s use of forensic algorithms. Policymakers should act now to ensure that forensic algorithm vendors do not abuse intellectual property laws to undermine due process values. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics: Low proficiency experts’ juror effects explored. Insights: Juror Appraisals of Forensic Science Evidence – @CSAFE

Insights: Juror Appraisals of Forensic Science Evidence – Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence — Read on forensicstats.org/blog/2020/10/10/insights-juror-appraisals-of-forensic-science-evidence/

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Forensics: Trade secrets vs Crim Law. A Virginia defendant could be the first to see secret DNA software.

Prosecutors have used software to help convict thousands but have never revealed its source code. A Virginia defendant has won the right to examine it for errors. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/trueallele-software-dna-courts/2021/07/12/66d27c44-6c9d-11eb-9f80-3d7646ce1bc0_story.html

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Forensics: How an exoneration of Anthony Porter’s case led to abolition of death penalty in Illinois

John Hanlon said Anthony Porter’s case and exoneration in 1999 played a significant role in ultimately abolishing the death penalty in Illinois. — Read on http://www.sj-r.com/story/news/2021/07/11/anthony-porters-case-led-abolition-death-penalty-illinois/7910773002/

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Forensics: US opens its own investigation. My relatives went to a Catholic school for Native children. It was a place of horrors

After the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former school for Native children in Canada, it is time to investigate similar abuses in the US — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/my-relatives-went-to-a-catholic-school-for-native-children-it-was-a-place-of-horrors

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Forensics: Taphonomy dispute. Father’s defense opens with expert pointing to potential wildlife role in 13-year-old son’s death

Father’s defense opens with expert pointing to potential wildlife role in 13-year-old son’s death — Read on http://www.mercurynews.com/2021/07/12/mark-redwine-trial-dylan-redwine-defense/

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