Category Archives: criminal justice

Forensics: Another grassroots attempt to establish a Forensic Science Commission in Wisconsin. This paper written by PhD candidates.

http://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org/uploads/5/4/3/4/5434385/bratburd.pdf The LEO crime labs won’t like this intrusion on their domains. A 2005-2008 study suggesting similar went nowhere in the WI legislature.

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Forensics: Want a BS excuse for “bad forensics”? Blame it on “bad apples.”

This is truly ridiculous counterpoint to forensic science reform, but the forensic industry and its associated prosecutors take it as gospel. The medical profession used claims of “perfection” in the 18th century when they used to bleed patients to death … Continue reading

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Hazards to Justice: False convictions and plea bargains

This author contrasts the criminal justice “system” with other societal systems in regards to accidents and mishaps. Plane crashes are studied much more than wrongful convictions and plea bargains.  Seems odd, but remember lawyers and judges cloak themselves with their … Continue reading

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Cop Forensic Fail – DNA collection compliance sketchy to non-existent

This is in South Carolina. Police in each county are mandated to collect from suspected felons. Some do and some don’t. Here’s why data collection by law enforcement should contain large numbers of profiles in order to have proper racial … Continue reading

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Overbearing DAs are an abomination to society professing justice for all (or some in these cases)

Putting innocent crime victims in jail crosses the moral line into the grotesque Inquistorial traditions of torture and victim humiliation. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-are-prosecutors-putting-innocent-witnesses-in-jail

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Major US science orgs oppose Sessions cancelling of forensic science commission

The AAAS, ACS and two other groups associated with main-stream science put in their two cents about desiring “independent and transparent” review and monitoring of police forensic research and methods. This will largely prove futile. It is obvious that the … Continue reading

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JFK assassination records release brings optimistic response from celebrity pathologist

One thing for sure, Cyril Wecht is no forensic wallflower. 

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Big Business takes over personal rights of clients to “Help you find your family”

Well, I guess I can forget about sending Ancestry.com my saliva sample for genealogy purposes. Here are the disclosures of where your DNA goes and what to expect when the police start asking questions.

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Crime experts go after Trump’s distain for rule of science and law in all things criminal

Criminology Leaders Assail Trump for Uniformed Policy Initiatives This multi-level rebuke covers: ( from the Crime Lab Report ) “In its statement [ASC] the board focused on the areas of immigration, crime trends, the federal government’s role in police reform, and “draconian … Continue reading

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The odds of Innocents getting convicted just increased with Sessions – The Atlantic

“The attorney general is standing athwart a long overdue movement to reform forensics yelling stop.” “Sessions was the first Congressperson to endorse The Donald.” “Lest you think it is unfair to tar Sessions with Trump’s execrable behavior, here is what … Continue reading

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