Category Archives: forensic science reform protecting the innocent

DNA rape kits left to rot in TX crime lab

Authorities promise no damage was one. Makes one wonder about any other biological evidence misdeeds lurking in the weeds. CSI never shows this side of police forensics. https://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-memo-mold-found-containers-about-850-austin-police-rape-kits/qEZ7rV5h3gnrcJPdJtMhjM/ http://kxan.com/2017/06/27/mold-found-on-hundreds-of-apd-dna-samples/ http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/06/27/nearly-850-austin-police-rape-kits-found-with-mold.html

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US Supremes argue from on high that DA suppressed evidence is AOK

The “finality of guilt” just got reaffirmed by a bunch of judicial soothsayers ( rather impact sayers ) taking one more corner off the 6th and 14th amendments right to a fair trial. “This is the latest SCOTUS decision to … Continue reading

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DNA lab in Miami is blazing a path towards perfection – Judges ignores failures

Here is more on DNA mixture interpretation, and how prosecutors and judges (N=1) just do not want to cope with cleaning their forensic houses of incorrect protocols in order to advance with science. Ridiculous. It’s medical malpractice if health professionals … Continue reading

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Taking hair comparisons to task in AZ – Should be 100’s of cases

In another whack at the Jeff Sessions version of the inviolate status of police ‘forensics’, this article brings to light, a coalition of AZ crime labbers, DAs, the appellate court and a post-conviction org. It’s obvious that there is some … Continue reading

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Million dollar expert brain guy gets whacked in Las Vegas

  Judges do understand the “hired gun” aspects of expert witnessing. A insurance defense motivated neurosurgeon must have used too many boiler plate testimonies in their courts. They threw him out on his ear. One judge reviewed 371 of his … Continue reading

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A court looks at BAC assumptions that aren’t based on scientific investigation

If only bitemarkers could be taken to task by a trial court like this blood alcohol ‘expert.’ On cross-examination, Wetstein [the BAC guy for the DA] acknowledged that he did not know what the defendant had eaten that night, how … Continue reading

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Grant money to test DNA from dubious convictions probably will dry up with Trump

The costs of uncovering wrongful convictions are expensive. All innocence projects and criminal defense organizations require substantial donations to pursue the few cases they glean from thousands of requests from the public and inmates. Each case like the one mentioned … Continue reading

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How DNA and exonerations dropped a bomb on police crime labs

These exon cases (350) brought forth a 45% presence of flawed, inaccurate or misleading prosecution forensics. Ignore the dude who says in this article that its only a matter of “resources.” http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/technology/the-shifting-science-of-dna-in-the-courtroom/533124173

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Major US science orgs oppose Sessions cancelling of forensic science commission

The AAAS, ACS and two other groups associated with main-stream science put in their two cents about desiring “independent and transparent” review and monitoring of police forensic research and methods. This will largely prove futile. It is obvious that the … Continue reading

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Another bitemark conviction vacated due to DNA and dentist recant. 

The number of bm aided cases overturned by DNA approaching 30 in the US.

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