Category Archives: Forensic Science Bias

Forensics: Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case

Good look at the different layers of resistance within attempts to improve forensic outcomes. Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case — Read on gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2021/04/tarrant-medical-examiner-who-led.html

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Forensics: A Detective Was Accused of Lying. Now 90 Convictions May Be Erased. – The New York Times

Warning for forensics ppl. When the police want to tell you what happened, do not engage. The Brooklyn district attorney will move to dismiss old convictions in which a former narcotics detective, accused of perjury in Manhattan, played a key … Continue reading

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Forensics: How bias affects forensic methods with Itel Dror

Interview by Brandon Garrett

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Forensics: What’s wrong with crime labs = DC mayor defends crime lab but says she wants issues ‘fully investigated’

What the heck does a mayor know about forensics? Politics, police and forensics is a hot mess of conflicts and agendas. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she wants concerns about the operations of the District’s Department of Forensic Sciences “fully … Continue reading

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Forensics: Fighting the myth of toolmark “uniqueness.”

Great example of forensic exaggeration. An amicus brief by Brandon Garrett and a scientific cohort. csidds.com/2017/02/10/fighting-unique-toolmark-testimony-with-science-and-an-amicus-brief/

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Forensics: Hypnotic Texas Rangers stop using hypnosis after investigation reveals dubious science. 1700 cases.

Local cops still do this. Courts still accept this as evidence. AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety has ended the controversial practice of using hypnosis to investigate crimes. A department spokesman said… — Read on http://www.dallasnews.com/news/investigations/2021/03/11/texas-rangers-stop-using-hypnosis-after-dallas-morning-news-investigation-reveals-dubious-science/

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Forensics: From a middle school student. Letter to the editor: Forensic hair analysis an unreliable tool in court

Dear potential jurors, Did you know that in more than 2,000 murder cases across the United States from 1985-2000 used faulty forensic hair analysis? In 27 of those cases the suspect was executed. — Read on addisonindependent.com/opeds/letter-editor-forensic-hair-analysis-unreliable-tool-court

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Forensics: Op-Ed: Criminal Confessions, Forensic Bias

Dr. Melinek knows her stuff. Cops influence suspects and then move onto the forensic pathologists with false confessions. She mentions a recent joint paper on racial bias in forensic decision-making that adds proof to the presence of bias and resistance … Continue reading

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Forensics: False positives revealed. Fingerprint database error rates seen in close non‐matches – Koehler – 2021 – Journal of Forensic Sciences @The_AAFS

Too bad this is pay-for-view. Abstract only. Jay Koehler has a remarkable ability to record the weak underbelly of forensic claims of reliability. Fingerprinters clearly used the self-assurances of being error-free. Just like the bitemarkers of AAFS/ABFO. At least the … Continue reading

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Forensics: Judges being predominantly ex DAs causes this. Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent

Still trying to get Illinois to admit he’s innocent — Read on http://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/still-trying-to-get-illinois-to-admit-hes-innocent/Content

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