Category Archives: Bad Forensic Science

Major US science orgs oppose Sessions cancelling of forensic science commission

The AAAS, ACS and two other groups associated with main-stream science put in their two cents about desiring “independent and transparent” review and monitoring of police forensic research and methods. This will largely prove futile. It is obvious that the … Continue reading

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AAFS president DesPortes sounds off abt junk science in forensic labs

She is making clear for Science Friday that self validation of methods by police crime labs leads justice into the swamp.  Science Friday May 20, 2017

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Obama Left Forensic Science Reform At the Altar

That’s according to Radley Balko at the Washington Post. He sums up the missed opportunity for the outgoing US president to push his Attorney General Lynch and the FBI’s Comey to open a proper dialogue after the PCAST report from … Continue reading

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Here’s a criminal lawyer’s worst nightmare: Hiring a forensic expert with a faked resume.

Interesting story for a few reasons: The opposing expert was a cop and thought this defense expert’s CV looked suspicious. This in itself isn’t unusual. Fact-checking an expert is a rather basic act by both sides in court cases. I’ve … Continue reading

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How “professional” scientific journals become shills for the bottom dollar

  All unSound Science Deserves to Be Pun[Publ]ished PLOS ONE gives researchers a faster path to publishing in a high-quality peer-reviewed journal. All work that reaches rigorous technical and ethical standards is published and freely and immediately available to everyone. … Continue reading

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‘Vindictive Prosecution’ hangs over DA reluctant to not recharge Bill Richards

Today’s article from Jordan Smith at The Intercept provides history and new developments to Bill Richards’ 23 year journey from a murder conviction to freedom despite District Attorney Mike Ramos unerringly “stupid” threats of re-investigating Richards for the murder of … Continue reading

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Advancing forensic science by the California Supreme Court took 7 years

A “unique bitemark” proved Bill Richards’ guilt 2016 Seven years after being exonerated and 23 years in prison, Bill Richards, due to the CA SC’s most recent opinion, now waits in jail. The DA of San Bernardino County has 60 days … Continue reading

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Mess up, stolen drugs, perjury, in Medical Examiner crime lab leads to lawsuit

This Delaware case should show that wrongful convictions and junk forensic science are not a figment of the media’s imagination. “The medical examiner’s laboratory has since been replaced by the Division of Forensic Science under the Department of Safety and … Continue reading

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Bickering Bitemark Analysts need to read this: Chemists’ guidelines and expectations on science

The American Chemical Society has taken a very proactive position in reinforcing scientific standards through its involvement in forensic reform and progress. A notable aspect of this group is its university and industrial component membership base that conforms to legitimate … Continue reading

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TruTV takes on Forensic Science Myths that courts have accepted for decades

The first part of the segment has “Adam [guy on the left] Ruins Everything” electrifying a lie detector examiner. Airing on October 15 2015, the full episode flays the “olde school” forensic techniques still living large in the “CSI” universe. … Continue reading

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