Category Archives: CSI

Forensics: Grits for Breakfast: Most crime labs accused innocent person in DNA mixture study

Grits for Breakfast: Most crime labs accused innocent person in DNA mixture study — Read on gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2018/09/most-crime-labs-accused-innocent-person.html The dark side of the NIST DNA mis-identification report covered in my last blog. Subterfuge and disclaimers to quash use in court by … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, costs of wrongful convictions, Crime lab scandal, criminal justice reform, CSI, DNA mixtures, DNA profiling, Forensic Science Bias, wrongful convictions | Tagged | Leave a comment

Forensics: Runaway use of touch DNA by Prosecutors ignores it’s limitations and cautions.

Framed By Your Own Cells: How DNA Evidence Imprisons The Innocent Marina Medvin Tiny amounts of touch-transferred DNA have placed people at locations they had never visited and implicated people for crimes they did not commit. | Getty Images   … Continue reading

Posted in costs of wrongful convictions, CSI, DNA mixtures, DNA profiling, forensic science reform, wrongful convictions | Leave a comment

Forensics: Another expert with 40 hours of training recants his own testimony

.https://www.propublica.org/article/blood-spatter-expert-robert-thorman-joe-bryan-case/amp?__twitter_impression=true Blood-Spatter Expert in Joe Bryan Case Says “My Conclusions Were Wrong” The expert whose testimony was key to Bryan’s conviction for his wife’s 1985 murder says he now believes that some of his techniques were incorrect. His admission comes … Continue reading

Posted in criminal justice reform, CSI, junk forensic science, Wrongful Conviction | Leave a comment

Trump’s DOJ promises advancing good things for #Forensic #Science – #PCAST not so much

The governmental missives about improving forensics always gloss over or ignore what the NAS 2009 report and the 2016 PCAST report itemized as areas needing reform. Here we go: “The new guidance implements additional quality assurance measures based on science-informed … Continue reading

Posted in Bite Marks, costs of wrongful convictions, criminal justice reform, CSI, forensic science misconduct, forensic science reform protecting the innocent | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Talking forensic heads ignore the dental evidence in London tower disaster

The Grenfell Tower disaster.  The medical side of forensics talks about DNA being the cornerstone for potential identification. He does admit that teeth are highly resistant to total destruction in high temperature environments but misses the obvious dental identification material … Continue reading

Posted in CSI | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Forensics is at the core of the London terror attack reconstruction

This very thorough article from Deutschland’s DW leads with the demands on crime scene methods in determining many of the events leading up to and occurring after the recent sad event in London. http://www.dw.com/en/police-seize-huge-amount-of-forensic-material-in-london-attack-raids/a-39110961

Posted in CSI | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Do “Science People” in Forensics plan to #ScienceMarch on Earth Day?

  I haven’t run across any evidence that the April 22 March for Science national event has hit the radar of major US forensic organizations. The fact is that most members are local, state or federal employees. Certainly many call themselves … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, CSI, forensic science reform protecting the innocence | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Today’s #Forensic News around the Globe: Crime rate within crime labs increasing

From the archives. Smithsonian talks about the career of a very reclusive founding father of scientific approaches to trace evidence analysis who worked from 1929 to 1954. Some called him “Detective X.” Somehow he determined the ransom notes in the Lindberg kidnapping … Continue reading

Posted in Crime lab scandal, criminal justice, CSI, fingerprints, Forensic science misconduct, forensic science reform | Leave a comment

#Forensics: Cops rushing to force collection of fingerprints for iPhone quashed

A federal magistrate judge in Chicago recently denied the government’s attempt to force people in a particular building to depress their fingerprints in an attempt to open any seized Apple devices as part of a child pornography investigation. Ars technica

Posted in criminal justice, criminal justice reform, CSI, prosecutorial misconduct | Tagged , | Leave a comment

#Forensic News for Today: Fabricated arson evidence, door knobs, familial DNA traits

This case is horrendous. Fabricated arson evidence used against a woman later acquitted of arson gets into court after appellate court opines this rule for the lower court to follow in her lawsuit against LEO authorities. “There must be persuasive … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, Crime lab scandal, criminal justice reform, CSI, DNA mixtures, DNA profiling | Tagged , , | 1 Comment