Category Archives: Crime lab scandal

Forensics: After Slow Start, State to Probe 81 Convictions Involving Debunked Hair Analysis – Oklahoma Watch

49 states to go. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is working with district attorneys and others to examine 81 cases for possible wrongful conviction due to use of microscopic hair analysis, a debunked science. — Read on oklahomawatch.org/2020/03/10/after-slow-start-state-to-probe-81-convictions-involving-debunked-hair-analysis/

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Forensics: Perjury by a Prosecution expert #AAFS2020

Not all experts tell the truth. Good read for forensic students.  https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/02/daniel-j-wright-perjury-by/

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Forensics: 1984 murder charge of crime labber now described as lab error. 

Those DAs in San Diego are relentless. They’ve ignored this for decades. Crime lab guy suicided before trial. DNA never lies. Right? https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2020-02-04/crime-lab-worker-testifies-he-might-have-contaminated-evidence-in-1984-murder-case

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Forensics: After $220M spent the DC crime lab has ongoing ills

The DC lab was founded in 2012 as independent from cops. That lasted abt a year when the cops took it back. See how that has turned out.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/fbi-federal-prosecutors-investigate-districts-forensic-firearms-lab/2020/01/23/c6518f36-3312-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.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: A compendium on the failure of the US death penalty. 

On societal, legal and moral grounds. By Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith.  https://theintercept.com/series/the-condemned/

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#Forensics: Police crime labs looking worse and worse. 

Hiding evidence? Never….almost.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/02/nicholas-mcguffin-manslaughter-charge-leah-freeman-potentially-set-free/

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#FORENSICS: When the crime scene evidence never gets to the crime lab. Sadly, both are managed by the same people. Says alot about the future of cop DNA testing.

From the great state of Orange County, California. https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article237862684.html

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Dana Delger ’10 Fights to Keep Flawed Forensics From Convicting the Innocent | Columbia Law School

Dana Delger ’10 works as a strategic litigator for the Innocence Project and fights against using flawed forensic evidence, like bite marks, in criminal cases. — Read on http://www.law.columbia.edu/news/2019/11/dana-delger-fights-to-keep-flawed-forensics-from-convicting-the-innocent These lawyers know how to talk science. No wonder the crime … Continue reading

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#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

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