Category Archives: criminal justice

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: 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 rare occurrence. State Bar files ‘formal charge’ against a former prosecutor named Hinckley | Cops & Courts |

The Wyoming State Bar alleges former Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Becket Hinckley violated seven rules during the prosecution of Josh Black’s aggravated assault case. — Read on http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/content/tncms/live/

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#Forensics: Looking at the legal barriers to prove innocence. A bad defense lawyer cost me six years of freedom. I’m still waiting on my appeal 12 years later.

Chandra Bozelko explains why so many ineffective counsel appeals fail, even when they seemingly ought to succeed. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/bad-defense-lawyer-cost-me-six-years-freedom-i-m-ncna1094306

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#Forensics: open-access forensic science information sources. Its FREE😀

This cite contains forensics-related articles, books and databases. Impressive. https://sites.google.com/view/forensicscience-openaccess/home

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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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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 Getting Better. Ultrasensitive protein method ( might) let scientists ID someone from a single strand of hair | Science | AAAS

Heavily shedding criminals, beware — Read on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/scientists-can-now-identify-someone-single-strand-hair

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#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

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