Category Archives: forensic science misconduct

Forensics Australia: Murder lab ‘train wreck’ in Shandee Blackburn case and implicates many more botched DNA cases.

This articcle goes deep into prolonged mismanagement of crime lab processing in Queensland. Renowned forensic scientist Dr Kirsty Wright knows well the importance of putting aside emotion during her sometimes harrowing job. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-25/forensic-biologist-labels-shandee-blackburn-investigation-wreck/100650606 — Read on http://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/murder-lab-train-wreck-in-shandee-blackburn-case/news-story/738939fc0249f19371e136c4d48076b1

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Forensics: 3 in Mexico who investigated 93,000 missings and killings were themselves probed by prosecutors.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three women who volunteered to investigate the 2011 massacre of 193 people later found out that they themselves had been placed under investigation by prosecutors, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities. — Read on apnews.com/article/mexico-caribbean-forensics-massacres-drug-cartels-a6a495ab069ec453bac253056309a848

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Forensics: NC State Crime Lab, attorney general, defends exposed forensic science that sent innocent men to jail

Absolute double-talk from this crime lab manager. The state Attorney General is in hiding. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A forensic science that sent four innocent men to jail in North Carolina is being defended by North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh … Continue reading

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Forensics: Go Chris P. and Brandon G! Problems in San Diego crime lab come to light in audits and internal documents

This lab would not pass muster by a vetinerary care agency. Why are substandard practices in police crime labs ignored? Years of audits and internal reports document problems at the county crime lab. — Read on http://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-11-21/security-san-diego-crime-lab

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Forensics: Police planting drugs leads to Exonerations tied to corrupt Chicago Police Officer Ronald Watts

Hundreds of cases!! What might be Cook County’s largest mass exoneration comes after 87 people already had convictions connected to former Sgt. Ronald Watts tossed. — Read on http://www.wbez.org/stories/exonerations-tied-to-corrupt-chicago-police-officer-ronald-watts/b75e9a7b-9a75-4412-9b00-4e1a664b6da6

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Forensic misconduct: Retraction of a peer reviewed article suggests ongoing problems within Australian forensic science

A story about forensic bigwigs eating their young and journal editors quivering in fear. — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X21000784

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Forensics: Judges should listen to ‘Why Defense Forensics Experts Matter’

The presentation of forensic evidence is typically one-sided in many US criminal courts. — Read on http://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/law-and-psychology/202104/why-defense-forensics-experts-matter

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Forensics: Looking at years of forensic quality issues, D.C. agencies to launch post-conviction reviews in light of crisis at Department of Forensic Sciences – The Washington Post

Almost a decade ago, this lab lost its “independence” from law enforcement control, and the police/DA/mayor bunch took over. It has gone down hill ever since. The department lost its accreditation in May and recently came under fire for alleged … Continue reading

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Forensics: Opinion | Thousands of missed police killings prove we must address systemic bias in forensic science

I wonder what antics this will produce from the US National Asso of Medical Examiners? A new study concludes that, over nearly 40 years, medical examiners and coroners undercounted police killings by more than half. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/15/medical-examiners-forensics-bias-police-killings/

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Forensics: ‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists

Forensics haven’t gotten this bad yet. But its close. @theNAME1966 histrionics against @JeffKukucla and #ItelDror’s paper on #forensicpathology#cognitive#bias surely is utterly abominable. Thanks to Elizabeth Bik and @BiancaNogrady Dozens of researchers tell Nature they have received death threats, or threats … Continue reading

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