Category Archives: CSI

Forensics: experts weigh in on DC crime lab’s next steps

Its still politicians vs scientists at this lab in DC. The team of forensic experts advising prosecutors about the troubled D.C. crime lab are urging against District officials’ plan to reinstate some divisions of the agency quickly. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Go Chris P. and Brandon G! Problems in San Diego crime lab come to light in audits and internal documents

This lab would not pass muster by a vetinerary care agency. Why are substandard practices in police crime labs ignored? Years of audits and internal reports document problems at the county crime lab. — Read on http://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-21/security-san-diego-crime-lab

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Forensics: The Failed ‘Triad”of Shaken Baby Theorists. Ohio babysitter convicted of 2002 death of child released, charges dismissed

Ohio babysitter convicted of 2002 death of child released, charges dismissed — Read on http://www.cleveland.com/nation/2021/10/ohio-babysitter-convicted-of-2002-death-of-child-released-charges-dismissed.html

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Forensics: Judges should listen to ‘Why Defense Forensics Experts Matter’

The presentation of forensic evidence is typically one-sided in many US criminal courts. — Read on http://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/law-and-psychology/202104/why-defense-forensics-experts-matter

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Forensics: Fingerprints looking into mistake prevention and cognitive safeguards. Good info for all CSI types.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC7237548/pdf/41235_2020_Article_223.pdf

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Forensics: Looking at years of forensic quality issues, D.C. agencies to launch post-conviction reviews in light of crisis at Department of Forensic Sciences – The Washington Post

Almost a decade ago, this lab lost its “independence” from law enforcement control, and the police/DA/mayor bunch took over. It has gone down hill ever since. The department lost its accreditation in May and recently came under fire for alleged … Continue reading

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Forensics: Money making Detection Dog Program | Global Forensic and Justice Center | Florida International University

Let us see some data, on false positives, negatives, and blinded dog handler protocols. They always start by saying how dogs have more olfactory capabilities and then use their “successes” rather than proper testing methods. Here is a recent article … Continue reading

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Forensics: Opinion | Thousands of missed police killings prove we must address systemic bias in forensic science

I wonder what antics this will produce from the US National Asso of Medical Examiners? A new study concludes that, over nearly 40 years, medical examiners and coroners undercounted police killings by more than half. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/15/medical-examiners-forensics-bias-police-killings/

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Forensics: How is this considered reliable? Should a dog’s sniff be enough to convict a person of murder? | Science | AAAS

Should a dog’s sniff be enough to convict a person of murder? | Science | AAAS — Read on http://www.science.org/content/article/should-dog-s-sniff-be-enough-convict-person-murder

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Forensics: Early review finds 900+ cases where debunked ‘hair matching science’ was used by prosecutors

35,000 cases to review. Case data going back to the 1980s. One underfunded and unmotivated State Attorney General is interviewed in this story. The FBI Director wrote a 2016 letter saying their hair experts were giving false testimony in these … Continue reading

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