Category Archives: Crime
As usual, the politicos screwed the pooch on this. Prosecutors’ release of Dr. Andrew Baker’s preliminary findings highlighting other factors in George Floyd’s death led to a storm of criticism that defense attorneys say is unfair. — Read on http://www.startribune.com/floyd-s-autopsy-makes-medical-examiner-a-rare-target-of-anger/571343522/
Forensic retaliation: Coronavirus Russia: Infected forensics expert falls to death brings total count to 3 female doctors dead and one male with brain injuries.
The obvious linkage is their public comments to the press about the pandemic. The one still living was coerced to recant immediately after regaining consciousness. Tragic and classic example of why Trump emulates the Russian totalitarian leader. Lt Col Natalya … Continue reading
A look at how prosecutors and cops play deaf and dumb after innocent defendants are exonerated. https://thecrimereport.org/2020/02/03/prosecutorial-misconduct-getting-away-with-murder/
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
Hiding evidence? Never….almost. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/02/nicholas-mcguffin-manslaughter-charge-leah-freeman-potentially-set-free/
#Forensics: Errors in fingerprinting matches get some air time. Training and low standards a major focus.
One major issue in the fingerprinting world is how court testimony of these experts can mislead juries to expect mis-matches never occur. https://theintercept.com/2019/11/29/fingerprint-examination-proficiency-test-forensic-science/
#Forensics: Contextual bias influences and weak forensic testing results leads to jury overestimation of guilt
When police lab results are weak or ambiguous, juries commonly use non science circumstances to increase its value. https://phys.org/news/2019-10-csi-current-impact-bias-crime.html
The sociology of police crime labs is thoroughly disclosed in this short article. Max Houck recognizes the 10 year old NAS Report and he offers some improvements. Tell that to the USDOJ. Again. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X19300853
Forensics: In depth look at bogus pattern-matching police labs. Stinson bitemark exoneration compared to toolmark conviction under appeal in Colorado’s Genrich case.
A UK study group describes their study as demanding a “holistic overhaul” of these practices taken into criminal courts. It contains a good review of US exoneration efforts to effect forensics. Too bad the police controlled forensic managers seem deaf … Continue reading