Category Archives: expert testimony

Forensics: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence – Garrett – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library

Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence – Garrett – 2020 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library — Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1556-4029.14323

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Forensics: World-famous sleuth Henry Lee takes a hit as Charges dismissed against men convicted in 1985 murder

His visual determination of blood spatter led to 30 years in prison x 2. Ralph “Ricky” Birch and Shawn Henning were convicted in the Dec. 1, 1985, slashing death of 65-year-old Everett Carr. — Read on http://www.fox61.com/article/news/local/case-dismissed-men-convicted-1985-new-milford-murder/520-a0533506-f666-4521-8743-126f6936cf46

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Forensics: Legal battle over notorious medical examiner’s track record – The Boston Globe

Legal battle over medical examiner’s track record – The Boston Globe — Read on http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/14/legal-battle-over-medical-examiner-track-record/2W7xARLPIYTw2OXFR2RaLI/story.html

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Forensics: Floyd’s autopsy makes medical examiner a rare target of anger – StarTribune.com

As usual, the politicos screwed the pooch on this. Prosecutors’ release of Dr. Andrew Baker’s preliminary findings highlighting other factors in George Floyd’s death led to a storm of criticism that defense attorneys say is unfair. — Read on http://www.startribune.com/floyd-s-autopsy-makes-medical-examiner-a-rare-target-of-anger/571343522/

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Forensics: Drilling down on Cognitive and Human Factors in Expert Decision Making: Six Fallacies and the Eight Sources of Bias

Too bad this has a purchase firewall. Abstract inly. — Read on pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.analchem.0c00704

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Forensics: Messed up DNA specimen evidence is discovered by defense DNA experts.

This story tells how unequal forensic resources leaves defendants without court approval for independent testing. The judge refused to grant funding. The defense garnered $$ from donations. Then there is the mixup of swabs that they discovered. Also, the prosecution … Continue reading

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The Innocence Files season 1, episode 2 recap: The Truth Will Defend Me

Forensics: Episode 2 of Netflix series The Innocence Files looks at the freeing of 2 innocent suspects, faulty bitemark evidence, and a prison with historical links to slavery. — Read on showsnob.com/2020/05/12/the-innocence-files-season-1-episode-2-recap/ The Bundy dentist’s opinion in the 1979 trial … Continue reading

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Forensics: Judge and DA both reject bitemarker expertise. Not the first rodeo for the ABFO dentist and his floundering dental colleagues of the American Academy of Forensic Science.

This judge is very clear that the original prosecutor’s use of a bitemarker’s opinion convicted an innocent woman. https://www.11alive.com/article/news/investigations/the-reveal/georgia-woman-freed-from-prison-over-flawed-bitemark-evidence/85-88f98a25-4bca-42f2-976b-1119738f1ca8

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Forensics: Junk shoeprint matching and DNA catches up with another famed forensic expert.

This is a continuing story involving Henry Lee and the crime lab where he has been a decades-long teacher and examiner. Added intrigue has to do with a FBI footprint guru teaching how to “definitely” identify a defendant from a … Continue reading

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Forensics: DNA contamination personified in this case from Australia.

In the US, prosecutors in San Diego investigated the lab worker whose DNA was mixed up in the crime scene samples. He later committed suicide. This case in AU has similar DNA problems. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-28/more-dna-contamination-claims-emerge-at-claremont-trial/12011756

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