Category Archives: criminal justice reform

Forensics: Statements why Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnoses are flawed and influenced by the courts.

The scientific fallacies of SBS This article has a checkered past as the authors’ compelling analysis was initially  rejected. It is telling that their story parallels the process of how overreaching expertism, once adopted by the courts and despite scant … Continue reading

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Forensics: Opinion piece publishing warnings abt weak forensic document examiners wins defamation appeal in 7th Circuit

This look at forensic entitlement leading to frivolous litigation shows the gap between forensics and legitimate scientific advance. — Read on http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/aba-publication-wins-defamation-appeal-in-7th-circuit

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Forensics: The tip of the iceberg of Trump’s shutdown. Declined attendance at Forensic Conferences like the AAFS

(photo credits: Forensic Magazine). The American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting is next month in Baltimore. The AAFS has a large percentage of crime labbers, students, and related government forensics-types who use the week-long meetings for education, networking, and … Continue reading

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Clear evidence why the innocent stay in jail: The jumble of legalisms from judges

“At the heart of the matter is the role of reviewing courts. We all are taught in high school about how the system of appellate review in this country is supposed to weed out mistakes at trial. But over time, … Continue reading

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Exonerated man testifies for forensic science bill

A bill to help people wrongfully convicted by flawed forensic science is under consideration in Virginia, helped by a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. — Read on http://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/Exonerated-man-testifies-for-forensic-science-bill-504840491.html Bitemarks leads … Continue reading

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Probative Value of Forensic Science Conclusions Should be Based on Empirical Data, Not Subjective Impressions

The misapplication of forensic science is a contributing factor in 45% of the 362 wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence. — Read on http://www.innocenceproject.org/probative-value-forensic-science-conclusions/ Tell this to all your dentists who do bitemark comparisons. They refuse to admit any of … Continue reading

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Forensics: The timeline of battling junk forensics in the Texas courts – lessons learned – all from bitemarks

“Grits” runs us the story on the enormous effort undertaken in Texas to teach judges and prosecutors that bitemarks are the spawn of the alchemists and soothsayers among us. Grits for Breakfast legal blog The timeline of getting  TX courts … Continue reading

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Forensics: Texas becomes the first State to call bitemarks “junk science.”

As usual in these innocence cases, it took decades to overcome the inequities of flawed and exaggerated forensic experts. In this case, Steven Chaney is has been finally  declared “actually innocent” and will receive $2.5 million for his decades in … Continue reading

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Forensics: When do District Attorneys refuse to test DNA? When the test could be paid by the incarcerated.

This story is from Florida. It could be from any state in the US. DAs always roll towards preserving their convictions. This makes platitudinous statements about “justice” from Attorney Generals and their deputies  hollow, pathological mythomania. http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/narratives/blood-and-truth/the-lingering-case-of-tommy-zeigler/?platform=hootsuite

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Forensics: Harvard murder from 50 years ago. New DNA shows just how wrong initial investigators’ theories can be

  This is is commonly what happens once DNA testing is done AFTER a conviction. One of the problems is the cost of post conviction testing that has to be borne by the Innocence Project and other innocence litigators. Donate … Continue reading

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