Category Archives: Forensic Science Bias

Forensics: “Not enough data.” NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods | NIST

Of course, US courts mostly allow the probabilistic interpretation of DNA mixtures such as STRmix. Typical when commercially developed methods go straight into crime labs then into the justice system which are generally unprepared to eval their foundation versus user … Continue reading

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Forensics: New Fire Evidence and biased fire report Could Exonerate Man In 1999 Virginia Fire That Killed His Son

New evidence the Virginia Attorney General’s Office has characterized as compelling could prove that a fatal Augusta County fire did not happen the way a jury was told it did more than two decades ago. Ledford is asking the Virginia … Continue reading

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Forensics: Digital forensics experts prone to bias, study shows | Forensic science | Dror and Sunde tested 53 computer techs

This type of bias is commonly seen in other forensic examinations. Participants found more or less evidence on hard drive depending on what contextual information they had — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/31/digital-forensics-experts-prone-to-bias-study-shows

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Forensics: Indiana University Repatriates 700+ Native American Remains To Angel Mounds | news – Indiana Public Media

Indiana Public Media is your source for news and information, music, arts and community events from WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television — Read on indianapublicmedia.org/news/indiana-university-repatriates-700+-native-american-remains-to-angel-mounds.php

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Forensics: Tulsa massacre: The search for victims, 100 years on – BBC News

Great look at the context of the Tulsa race massacre from a Black bio anthro. Awesome. Decades after white mobs razed an affluent black neighbourhood the search for bodies goes on. — Read on http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57244863.amp

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Forensics Australia: “Triad” absolutists vs lack of scientific data. Critique of baby shaking prosecutions raises troubling response

Forensic science practices and methodologies should not be allowed to continue without a rigorous independent review. — Read on http://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/critique-of-baby-shaking-prosecutions-raises-troubling-response-20210523-p57ubw.html

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Forensics. Scientist Faces Legal threats and police searches: Debate explodes over baby shaking science

Forensic Science progress is personally and professionally risky. Waney Squire MD had similar retribution in the UK. Legal threats and police searches: Debate explodes over baby shaking science — Read on amp.theage.com.au/national/victoria/legal-threats-and-police-searches-debate-explodes-over-baby-shaking-science-20210513-p57rkp.html

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Forensics Australia: Review of ‘junk’ forensic science in courts abandoned

More proof that in general, politics, government, and forensic science improvement are incompatible partners. Complaints about confused juries, junk science and possible miscarriages of justice prompted an investigation into forensic science, which has been shelved. — Read on http://www.smh.com.au/national/review-of-junk-forensic-science-in-courts-abandoned-20210520-p57thx.html

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Forensics: SBS in OZ. Top scientists question basis for Victoria’s baby shaking prosecutions

Three young men are about to appeal against their convictions for killing or injuring infants by shaking them. The scientific community is split on the subject. So are the convictions sound? — Read on http://www.smh.com.au/national/top-scientists-question-basis-for-victoria-s-baby-shaking-prosecutions-20210513-p57rkm.html

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Forensics: How Your DNA—or Someone Else’s—Can Send You to Jail

Although DNA is individual to you—a “fingerprint” of your genetic code—DNA samples don’t always tell a complete story. The DNA samples used in criminal prosecutions are generally of low quality, making them particularly complicated to analyze. They are not very … Continue reading

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