Category Archives: criminal justice

Forensics: Racial patterns in US wrongful convictions. Innocent POC 7.5 x more likely to be wrongfully convicted.

http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Race Report Preview.pdf

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Forensics: Blood in soil. Kristin Smart Murder Trial: Forensic DNA consultant resumes testimony, calls prosecution’s witness into question

Thursday’s proceedings resumed with testimony from the defense’s second witness: Elizabeth Johnson, a forensic DNA consultant working through a private practice. — Read on mustangnews.net/kristin-smart-murder-trial-forensic-dna-consultant-resumes-testimony-calls-prosecutions-witness-into-question/

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Forensics: #NamUS Bill could make it easier to locate missing people across the U.S.

There are more than 22,000 people missing in the U.S. More than 600 of those people were reported missing in East Tennessee. — Read on http://www.wbir.com/article/news/crime/trace-act-could-universalize-how-missing-person-information-is-entered-into-namus/51-795be65e-0573-46c9-a0cc-5dde761c1fa8

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Forensics: Kudos to Amy at NamUS!! Governor signs NamUS bill into law

HARRISBURG — State police are now required to turn over DNA samples of missing persons and unidentified decedents to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS), thanks to two — Read on http://www.dailyitem.com/content/tncms/live/

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Forensics: Brand new Crime lab mistakes man’s Tums for cocaine; Audit underway

Crime lab mistakes man’s Tums for cocaine; Audit underway – KTVZ — Read on ktvz.com/cnn-regional/2022/09/20/crime-lab-mistakes-mans-tums-for-cocaine-audit-underway/

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Forensics: 6th largest ever. Brooklyn DA to toss 378 convictions in ‘mass exoneration’

The effort is “the sixth largest mass dismissal of convictions in U.S. history,” the DA’s office said. — Read on http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/09/07/brooklyn-da-to-toss-378-convictions

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Forensics: Legal hypocrisy exists. Innocence is not Enough to Avoid Execution

On December 8, 2021, Brunn W. Roysden, III asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the State of Arizona to execute an innocent man. — Read on http://www.laprogressive.com/

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Forensics: Colorado cold cases. Who murdered Gary Johnson in 1990?

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation are searching for answers in a cold case murder from 31 years ago. — Read on kdvr.com/news/colorado-cold-cases/cold-case-who-murdered-gary-johnson-in-1990/

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Forensics: NamUS case. Missing wife. Husband on trial. Mental competency hearing postponed in Larry Millete case – Court TV

Larry Millete is charged with killing his missing wife, Maya Millete. Prosecutors believe he killed her because she wanted a divorce. — Read on http://www.courttv.com/news/mental-competency-hearing-postponed-in-larry-millete-case/

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Forensics: Warrantless New Jersey police’s use of a baby’s DNA violated the public’s trust

On television, when DNA evidence is used in an innovative way to solve a cold case, the police are heralded as heroes. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/new-jersey-polices-use-babys-dna-undermines-publics-trust-rcna43996

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