Category Archives: ABFO

Forensics: A good look at non-science advocacy masquerading as forensics. SBS

Remember, watch your back when you go against the grain of “established” medical opinion. The “true believers”  will come after you.  https://theappeal.org/new-jersey-woman-prison-shaken-baby-syndrome/

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#Forensics: 2 “Founding fathers” of bitemarker group found to be wrong. Not the first time.

Read about the “science” that still plagues the criminal justice system. The only believers are few but some still get paid to teach unsuspecting students and entry-level dentists. Here is another of their victims. Cifizzari – National Registry of Exonerations … Continue reading

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Forensics: Another lesson on not trusting convictions. 42,000 pages of undisclosed evidence

Another chapter about rigged prosecutions ending in a death sentence. The blame lies with DAs and the police. A new DA led to this new review. https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-da-larry-krasner-exoneration-christopher-williams-theophalis-wilson-20200106.html

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Forensics: Another lesson on not trusting convictions. 42,000 pages of undisclosed evidence

Another chapter about rigged prosecutions ending in a death sentence. The blame lies with DAs and the police. A new DA led to this new review. https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-da-larry-krasner-exoneration-christopher-williams-theophalis-wilson-20200106.html

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#Forensics: Unreliable experts in Australia unfortunately sound all too familiar. 

Very good look at how lack of proper legal rules let the bitemarkers and other court experts run rampant. Of course those who attended a recent @NIST forensics symposium were insulted by the scientists who reached the same conclusions.  https://www.gq.com.au/entertainment/tech/evidence-on-trial-why-the-forensic-evidence-is-less-reliable-than-we-think/news-story/27c34297d86970ec5867da91b0f6729e

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#Forensics: More bitemarker brilliance. Keith Harward column: Innocence reason enough to abolish the death penalty | Columnists | richmond.com

Keith Harward column: Innocence reason enough to abolish the death penalty | Columnists | richmond.com — Read on http://www.richmond.com/opinion/columnists/keith-harward-column-innocence-reason-enough-to-abolish-the-death/article_27522f49-4864-57d2-b2a5-b83c235203ad.amp.html

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#Forensics: How DNA transfer is affected by “shedder” status. 

Any assumption that a DNA mixture can prove who was and wasn’t the perp gets clobbered in this study. Some people shed (i.e. leave) DNA more than others.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1872497319301164

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#Forensics: Ageing the colors of a bruise. It doesn’t work.

Every dentist who has testified on the age of skin injuries from their color should contact the Innocence Project to initiate review of their unreliable opinion. Justice demands the advances of science should influence all these cases from the last … Continue reading

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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

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#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

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