Category Archives: expert testimony

Forensics: Australia. How did we fall for the junk science of forensics?

US described as “bitemark crazy.” I grew up in the golden age of forensic science, at a time when expert witnesses were becoming celebs, each with their special little area of crimebusting… — Read on http://www.spectator.com.au/2022/05/how-fact-killed-my-belief-in-forensics/

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Forensics: CBS interview about faulty forensics. No research bitemarks leads the conversation with Chris Fabricant.

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Forensics: See Chris Fabricants new book! Ketanji Brown Jackson: why it matters for science that a former public defender could serve on the Supreme Court.

The author of a new book explains how junk evidence rules criminal trials. — Read on slate.com/technology/2022/04/ketanji-brown-jackson-forensic-science-public-defender.html

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Forensics: The “Excited Delirium” Myth and Deaths in Police Custody – Physicians for Human Rights

One pathologist birthed this idea: An ad hoc supposition with no science foundation regarding its direct relationship to custodial “postural asphyxiation” by police. “Excited Delirium” and Deaths in Police Custody – Physicians for Human Rights — Read on phr.org/our-work/resources/excited-delirium/

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Forensics: The strange persistence of (source) “identification” claims in forensic literature through descriptivism, diagnosticism and machinism – ScienceDirect

The bitemarkers get thoroughly dumped on in the paper as “non-scientists.” The strange persistence of (source) “identification” claims in forensic literature through descriptivism, diagnosticism and machinism – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X22000079

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Forensics: A Group Founded by Colin Kaepernick Is Providing Free Second Autopsies

Certaintly a response to controversial police pathologists claiming “excited delerium” as a cause of death. The examinations by board-certified forensic pathologists will be available for the families of people who died in police-related circumstances. — Read on http://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/us/colin-kaepernick-police-autopsy.html

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Forensics: Hair. Another Lawyer passes the buck. AG Stein defends science that sent innocent men to prison in interview

Attorney General Josh Stein defended a science that has sent at least four innocent men to prison in North Carolina. Stein refused to answer WBTV’s questions on camera for nearly a year. But that changed in early February. — Read … Continue reading

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Foreniscs: Its bites, guns and hair again. Why a High-Ranking FBI Attorney Is Pushing ‘Unbelievable’ Junk Science on Guns

This science-denial trope is endemic and will not die. Forensic analysts testify at trials as “experts.” But juries don’t know that their methods “seriously underestimate the false positive rate.” — Read on http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fbi-keeps-pushing-junk-science-to-win-convictions

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Forensics: Admitting uncertainty in forensic testimony. The Science of Injustice: PW Talks with M. Chris Fabricant

In ‘Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System’ (Akashic, Apr.), Fabricant, the Innocence Project’s director of strategic litigation, presents the horrifying story of how Americans have been wrongfully convicted, and executed, based on “expert” testimony. — Read on http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/88461-the-science-of-injustice-pw-talks-with-m-chris-fabricant.html

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Forensics: Out-of-control experts. Looking Back: Forensic Fraud in Child Abuse Cases

By Jeffrey Deskovic “Looking back” will feature reprints of articles that Jeff previously wrote while a columnist at The Westchester Guardian, which — Read on http://www.davisvanguard.org/2022/02/looking-back-forensic-fraud-in-child-abuse-cases/

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