Category Archives: forensic science misconduct

Forensics: “Cargo Cult”experts. We Need To Get Junk Science Out of Courtrooms

Forensic pseudoscience introduced into the courtroom has been used to convict and render death on people based on the thinnest of evidence. — Read on http://www.currentaffairs.org/2023/01/we-need-to-get-junk-science-out-of-courtrooms

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Forensics: Another tabloid sensation. Uranium found at Heathrow Airport

Last week there was a flurry of stories about the discovery of uranium in a shipment of scrap metal. In a highly speculative story British tabloid, The Sun mentioned that the uranium could be used to make a “dirty bomb.” … Continue reading

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Forensics: Biases and Tunnel Vision. Unlucky numbers: Fighting murder convictions that rest on shoddy stats | Science

Unlucky numbers: Fighting murder convictions that rest on shoddy stats | Science | AAAS — Read on http://www.science.org/content/article/unlucky-numbers-fighting-murder-convictions-rest-shoddy-stats

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Forensics: Inept Austin crime lab results in Supreme Court Reverses Texas Court Decision Based on Prosecutor’s Admission About Flawed Forensic Evidence

Supreme Court has reversed the denial of relief to a Texas death-row prisoner whose request for new trial is supported by local prosecutors. The Travis… — Read on deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/supreme-court-reverses-texas-court-decision-based-on-prosecutors-admission-about-flawed-forensic-evidence

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Forensics: Botched DNA from crime lab. Areli Escobar’s execution to be reconsidered after Supreme Court order

Areli Escobar was sentenced to death in 2011 for an Austin murder, but even prosecutors now agree his conviction relied heavily on faulty DNA testing by the discredited Travis County crime lab. — Read on http://www.texastribune.org/2023/01/09/areli-escobar-texas-execution-death-row-supreme-court/

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Forensics: Cop-created lie detecting scam.

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Forensics: Houston crime lab workers fired: DNA Mavens founders operated side company while employed at Forensic Science Center

Four analysts at Houston Forensic Science Center were fired for starting their own consulting company in forensic biology, officials said. — Read on abc13.com/houston-forensic-science-center-employees-fired-dna-mavens-analysts/12550420/

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Forensics: Politicians to blame. Audit details failures of DC’s Department of Forensic Sciences

An audit of D.C.’s Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) found that the department failed to “operate as an independent part of the justice system.” — Read on http://www.fox5dc.com/news/audit-details-failures-of-dcs-department-of-forensic-sciences

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Forensics: Australia. Crime Lab ‘Bungle.’ What could happen next amid the DNA lab bungle investigation

What could happen next amid the DNA lab bungle investigation — Read on http://www.4bc.com.au/what-could-happen-next-amid-the-dna-lab-bungle-investigation/

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Forensics: Dirty Cops. Nearly 200 convictions linked to discredited NYPD cops dismissed at Manhattan DA’s request

Nearly 200 misdemeanor convictions tied to eight former New York Police Department officers who were themselves previously convicted of crimes have been vacated at the request of the Manhattan district attorney’s office. — Read on http://www.cnn.com/2022/11/19/us/manhattan-da-vacate-misdemeanor-convictions/index.html

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