Category Archives: expert testimony

Forensics: Bayesian theory has limitations in forensic disciplines. NIST’s Hyer and Lund

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Forensics: 40 hour course qualifies to do BPA. Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Finds ‘Conclusions Were Often Erroneous’

Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Finds ‘Conclusions Were Often Erroneous’ – Reason.com — Read on reason.com/2021/06/11/study-on-bloodstain-pattern-analysis-finds-conclusions-were-often-erroneous/

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Forensics. Scientist Faces Legal threats and police searches: Debate explodes over baby shaking science

Forensic Science progress is personally and professionally risky. Waney Squire MD had similar retribution in the UK. Legal threats and police searches: Debate explodes over baby shaking science — Read on amp.theage.com.au/national/victoria/legal-threats-and-police-searches-debate-explodes-over-baby-shaking-science-20210513-p57rkp.html

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Forensics: Beware of forensic experts expressing certainty

Opinion piece about reigning-in exaggerated and one-sided expert testimony. Offers a free online tutorial via Coursera. Its organized by Christophe Champod and the UNIL forensics faculty. “Challenging Forensic Science: How science should speak to court.” I just signed up. Expert … Continue reading

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Chauvin trial aftermath: In defense of Dr. David Fowler. (Weak). 531 think otherwise. The case of the incredible expert

As usual, forensic pathology opinion controversy results in much semantics and little scientific data. The semantics do talk about “science” and “standards” but very little else is available for factual guidance. Widely criticized for his testimony in the Derek Chauvin … Continue reading

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Forensics: Chauvin Trial Expert Witness in Mob Crosshairs — The Patriot Post

431 physicians and a state AG called a “mob” for investigation of Chauvin forensic expert. Why would any expert ever again testify in a politically charged case? — Read on patriotpost.us/articles/79509-chauvin-trial-expert-witness-in-mob-crosshairs-2021-04-29

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Forensics: Work of former Maryland medical examiner to be reviewed after he testified for defense in Chauvin trial

Maryland’s Attorney General said Friday that outside experts should review all “in custody” death reports produced by former state Chief Medical Examiner Dr. David Fowler. — Read on http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ag-office-review-20210423-l2oamj3ixnhwznd4545f7pjcau-story.html

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Forensics: Insights: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence – CSAFE

A study on the effect when known error rates are presented to juries. Assuming a forensic method even knows its error rate. This is the overview page with links to the actual research. Insights: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury … Continue reading

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Forensics: Forensic pathologist: The real key to the Chauvin verdict (opinion) – CNN

Understanding the complicated medical terms used by expert witnesses may be crucial to following the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, writes forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek. — Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/04/06/opinions/chauvin-verdict-key-pathology-melinek/index.html

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Forensics: Hurray for Ernie Jackson! Forensic odontologist called in to help identify skeletal remains

Ernie goes back as far as I do in forensic odont. A real standout. He is the first board certified Black US forensic dentist. Here is a video interview with Ernie talking about a recent case.

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