Category Archives: Crime lab scandal

Forensics: @The_AAFS needs to act on the continued promotion and use of bitemarks for any purpose. The Junk Science the Justice System Depends on Is a Joke

From bullet prints to hair strands to bite marks to fire analysis, an awful lot of the forensic science simply doesn’t hold up, even as courts keep allowing for it. — Read on http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-junk-science-the-justice-system-depends-on-is-a-joke

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Forensics: OMG. Here’s what to know about the recently revealed deletion of Dallas police evidence files

Last week brought a barrage of troubling news for Dallas City Hall, starting Wednesday when District Attorney John Creuzot notified defense lawyers that… — Read on http://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2021/08/15/heres-what-to-know-about-the-recently-revealed-deletion-of-dallas-police-evidence-files/

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Forensics: Undisclosed Baltimore firearms examiner botched work, police confirm, leaving months of evidence unusable

Nine months worth of work by a veteran Baltimore Police crime lab firearm’s examiner has been compromised and can not be used for analysis, the department confirmed this week. — Read on http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-prem-md-ci-cr-lab-firearms-audit-20210813-ya4xdkhhybf6plwgmeiuyh4xbq-story.html

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Forensics: Gay forensic expert wins huge payout after boss’s bizarre take on her sexuality

Jo Millington is a well known forensics person. Her ex boss sounds like a dolt. A gay forensic expert has won a huge payout after her boss made bizarre and offensive comments about her sexuality. — Read on uk.news.yahoo.com/gay-forensic-expert-wins-huge-201425341.html

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Forensics: Law Prof Maneka Sinha pulls no punches. What’s Wrong with Forensic Science? Everything. “Junk dressed up as scientific analysis.”

One word for this law review paper. WOW!! 👏 What’s Wrong with Forensic Science? Everything, Says Paper | The Crime Report — Read on thecrimereport.org/2021/08/11/whats-wrong-with-forensic-science-everything-says-paper/

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Forensics: Bitemarks. Michigan governor Witmer and Innocence community shares how faulty forensic science leads to wrongful convictions

A task force created this year by Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to meet each month to come up with recommendations and best practices for how forensic science work is used, conducted and assessed in the criminal justice system. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics: Despite USDOJ claim of ballistics “quasi-science,”Auditor to review DC ballistic crime lab’s compliance with 2011 law creating independent forensic agency

The troubled D.C. crime lab is getting another probing: This time by the Office of the D.C. Auditor. — Read on wtop.com/dc/2021/08/auditor-to-review-dc-crime-labs-compliance-with-2011-law-creating-independent-forensic-agency/

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Forensics: A bad day: Medical Examiner’s Office chief toxicologist faces criminal probe with potential legal ramifications in years of cases

Gary Kunsman, the chief toxicologist for the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, is under investigation for the alleged theft of a controlled substance and evidence tampering. — Read on http://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/07/29/chief-toxicologist-at-broward-medical-examiners-office-under-criminal-investigation/

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Forensics: Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousand of cases

SEATTLE – Behind the locked doors of a third-floor office in South Seattle, countertop instruments filled with dozens of tiny vials feed data to nearby monitors while performing scores of tests each day in pursuit of justice. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Demands for changing ‘The Entrenched Carceralism of Forensics.’ Weak judges, need for better science oversight.

The forensic system has deep structural flaws that may be beyond reform. It may be time to radically reimagine it. — Read on inquest.org/entrenched-carceralism-of-forensics/

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