Category Archives: criminal justice reform

Fifty years of teaching Scientific Forensics in US Law Schools – More is needed

Forensics and criminal law are subjects that are increasingly being included in mainstream legal training in the US. There are prestigious law schools that have risen to the challenges that, to some of us, seems obvious. Major changes have occurred … Continue reading

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Turnaround times for rape kit testing are abysmal – Crime labs Forensics overloaded with drugs

Here’s a look at police crime labs around the US abilities to produce timely rape kit testing. One might infer that DNA testing of other crimes and the ‘war on drugs’ has sapped funding capabilities. I don’t hear the US … Continue reading

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National Registry of Exonerations makes big plans for its’ future at UC Irvine

Thursday marked the official transfer of location of the NRE to the UC Irvine (CA) Newkirk Center for Science and Society. Here are a series of live streaming presentations that represent the purpose and future plans for the NRE. It … Continue reading

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Forensics Wednesday: ‘we may have to police the police ourselves’ – and other stuff

Being poor keeps innocent people in jail and generally ruins lives of many who are not accused of serious crimes. Missouri’s underfunded public defender office forces the poor to languish in jail https://interc.pt/2lThu4T by @chronic_jordan. But the @JusticeDept  Sessions tells LEOs … Continue reading

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Familiar? Another bitemark conviction getting a DNA-based look after 16 years

Forensic science is not immune to the need for retesting and consideration of its’ flawed methods -Anon The number of exonerations in the US is probably going to increase with the addition of ‘new DNA technology’ evidence recovered from a … Continue reading

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Sudden cardiac death of younger people may be genetically controlled – SBS nexus?

“The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), which is a genetic disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death in seemingly healthy young people.” Let’s see if any of this … Continue reading

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When convictions are used as scientific ‘proofs’ by experts -Scientific American

I’m wondering if a “scientific” american might be considered un-patriotic by some in the Beltway micro-climate. The US Attorney General likes the word “anecdotal” to describe CJ social science looking at police behavior. One problem is that he dry-labbed the … Continue reading

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Forensics in NY State: Police fail to pursue rape testing regulations

They must be doing  ‘broken windows’ surveillance instead. A recent NY Division of Criminal Justice Services report shows that 220 of 586 police and prosecutorial agencies have missed a February reporting deadline for providing information about untested sexual assault evidence … Continue reading

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A strange convergence of personal attacks against female experts in the UK

Just saying……. Waney Squier, the neuropathologist got ‘delisted’ on a complaint from the coppers about lying ( aka ‘misleading’) the court. Shirley McKie, a SPA fingerprint expert, got charged for ‘perjury’ (again in court) by the coppers, tried for perjury , … Continue reading

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#Forensics scandal – Reinstated Scottish fingerprint expert gets the boot – again

Is there a common source for these prints? Shirley McKie was and maybe still is, a fingerprint detective with a Scottish police agency. In the late 90’s she was part of a murder investigation that centered on identifying the man … Continue reading

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