Category Archives: expert testimony

Junk forensic claims run amok once again.

Law enforcement always goes bonkers for junk forensics. This time it is a twitchy next gen version of a “deception detector.” https://theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/

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FoxNews: Unreliable bitemarks still on the books in all 50 states.

https://fox6now.com/2019/07/17/its-essentially-junk-bite-mark-case-underscores-national-call-to-improve-forensic-evidence/ Excellent 8min video expose’ on the recent Stinson $7.5M award for wrongful conviction in Milwaukee. As usual, the city taxpayers take the financial hit. Kudos to all those who helped this case along. Heather Donnell and her staff are … Continue reading

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Forensics: The battle of open access for scientific research papers. UCLA get slapped by mega publisher Elsevier.

The publisher spans the world for science, medicine and some things forensics. It has one open access (i.e. free) journal about forensics. Good for them.  This story covers the larger issue of  corporate profiteering (over charging) for information that is … Continue reading

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‘We are going backward’: How the justice system ignores science in the pursuit of convictions

‘We are going backward’: How the justice system ignores science in the pursuit of convictions — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna961256 Good look at the shutdown of scientific progress in police forensics by the powers in control of the labs and criminal … Continue reading

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Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science

Immigration agents X-raying migrants to determine age isn’t just illegal, it’s a misuse of science — Read on medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-immigration-agents-x-raying-migrants-age.html Up to this point, US Office of Homeland Security (ICE) doesn’t really care about this one bit.

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Forensics Canada: Bitemarkers run amok; Courts and DAs prefer case precedence over science.

This is a 50 page UBC Law Review narrative on the inadequacies of courts to recognize junk “forensic” experts. Battling Canadian bitemarkers leave a trail of exaggerated claims and criminal case law that is blind to scientific principles. SSRN-id3201061   … Continue reading

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Forensics: This is not anecdotal evidence – Race and Innocence – and an apathetic DOJ

Media statements say that Sessions and his USDOJ does not read its own reports. And he admits it.  Tell them that the following is not /anəkˈdōdl/ (not necessarily true or reliable; without facts or research). Here is his USDOJ address https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice … Continue reading

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Old men seem to populate the courtroom experts used in the US CJ system

I’ve noticed this for decades while I later became a “senior” myself. Old folks populate the highest level of the American Academy of Arts and Science (and probably the American Academy of Forensic Sciences) who go to court as experts. … Continue reading

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Where forensic lab reports are not testimonial – Wisconsin

Apparently these judges in Wisconsin  believe through a circuitous logic that crime lab results are not available for cross-examination. Sometimes. They approved a pathologist to talk about a tox result at a hearing about cause of death. As is usually … Continue reading

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Serial rapists and underachieving government crime lab; cops as “super-experts”

“Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?” (Austin Chronicle) A new Harvard Law Review article titled “The Judicial Presumption of Police Expertise” questions whether police should be treated as expert witnesses when giving testimony in criminal … Continue reading

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