Category Archives: forensic science reform protecting the innocent

Overbearing DAs are an abomination to society professing justice for all (or some in these cases)

Putting innocent crime victims in jail crosses the moral line into the grotesque Inquistorial traditions of torture and victim humiliation. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-are-prosecutors-putting-innocent-witnesses-in-jail

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DA agrees to exoneration after 23 years – Kansas has no compensation statute

False eyewitness testimony put him in prison. The DA said original case lacked evidence that now is available. “Nobody thought it would happen this fast.”

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#Forensics: Touch DNA “matching” mistakes and misinterpretations discussed

Locard’s Principle comes into play in this interview with a noted DNA analyst and author. Things like “transference,” and “persistence” of these little molecules create obstacles and pitfalls for their unfettered use in courtrooms and police stations. It is not … Continue reading

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“Probabilities of Identity” from #Forensic Fingerprints get thumbs down from AAAS

The AAAS,  (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) maybe the upcoming opposition to the now Trump-run DOJ forensic “commission.” They released a report that latent print examination producing testimonial certainties as to one person identity gets the gong. The … Continue reading

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1986 Junk Science article Prosecutors love to use – Predicting and “Curing” Recidivism

Much like using the 1978 revelation that bitemarks “convicted” serial killer Ted Bundy, this September 12th, 2017 article tracks the origins of another forensic myth still in effect in sexual offender  punishment masquerading as “therapy’ in Wisconsin. When Junk Science … Continue reading

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Advanced Forensic Nursing training in Pennsylvania – Not Phleboto-Cops

  Specialized nursing training to provide care for victims of violent crime and forensic investigations. On-the-job training is not sufficient.  If you can believe it, some police agencies train officers to collect biological evidence from patients. Unbelieveable. They’re called Phleboto-Cops. … Continue reading

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Bad digital forensics dust up in the UK – “Cops rip off company’s hacking program”

The area of police investigating digital evidence used one company’s proprietary cracking program and staff at the peak of their success. Until the police took the program public and put it on the Internet. https://www.standard.co.uk/business/collapsed-forensics-firm-s-boss-the-police-ruined-me-now-i-fear-for-terror-probes-a3645006.html

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Look at the ‘Individualization Fallacy in Forensic Science Evidence’ -The Classic Article

This should be required reading in forensic courses and law schools. Even if the @NDAAJustice DAs lack the academic capacity to understand some of it, they should read it too. In 22 pages, it provides a contemporary forensic history lesson, … Continue reading

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A “discrepant” view on flawed forensics leading to later exonerations – bitemarks at al.

A mighty effort by someone connected to the National Institute of Justice to blend ‘forward thinking’ about science and better crime lab management improving the reliability of criminal convictions. The author uses a blend of data that minimizes how many … Continue reading

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Making sure non data-driven forensics gets a pass in the courtroom – “I’m an examiner”

This is from a well positioned advocate of “source of the evidence” determinations being based on “expertise.” The writer has an affinity for bitemark analysis as well and worries about the DAs losing their advantage of using soft ‘police science’ … Continue reading

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