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A Few Forensics Related Links – Pelves and Murder Weapons and the “FBI Way”

Murder weapons from the famed museum of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh – some famous forensic cases and practitioners – Sydney Smith etc. Although he used hair microscopic hair comparison to convict. Oops. Pelvic structures influenced by child … Continue reading

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Thanks to Drs Janice Klimm and Rick Cardoza – Taking Care of Bill Richards’ Smile After 23 yrs in prison

Bill Richards was arrested for the murder of his wife Pamela in 1993 and eventually convicted in 1997 after three trials in California’s San Bernardino County. A linchpin for his last trial was testimony by two forensic dentists who talked … Continue reading

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NY Times takes ‘sullen like children’ DAs to task over avoidance of crime lab scandal

21,587 Reasons to Fix Forensic Science The pushback to overbearing police ‘science’ advocates comes in many forms. This article from the Editorial Board of the New York Times names some names. Plus more recent from the NYT about science being … Continue reading

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Sessions suspends internal and external review of erroneous FBI forensic cases

The Backstory on Bad Forensic Science – NY Times Retrograde amnesia might be a diagnosis for Attorney General Sessions’ expanding ‘walk-back’ of years long efforts by media and some forensic practitioners to rid the Criminal Justice system of junk ‘science’ … Continue reading

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Waiting on Sessions to steer Forensics on course for a ……..

Forensics and science progress are surely interlopers to the minds of ‘tough’ prosecutors like Mr. Sessions. Some States are following his trends by limiting post conviction appeals to a mere 5 years under the guise of  “Fair Justice Act(s).” Counter … Continue reading

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Medical Labs have more scientific safeguards than Forensic Labs

Jeff Sessions Wants Courts to Rely Less on Science and more on ‘Science” “Clinical laboratories must meet higher standards to be allowed to diagnose strep throat than forensic labs must meet to put a defendant on death row.” – Mother … Continue reading

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Sample of Scientific Forensics in the News

This edition will focus on the presence of research-based forensics being talked about in our part of the world where “rigorous science is good” is coming out of the White House . Seem that the Science March got most of the news … Continue reading

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Taking Police #Forensic Labs to task – “Incompetent or Worse” LCN DNA testing

Los Angeles Crime Lab messes up a rape test. 10 trillionths of a gram of genetic material can put you in jail.  It took LA Senior Public Defender Sam Leonard 17 months to get to the truth. “If this is incompetence, it’s … Continue reading

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Lab supervisors and accreditors of Annie Doohkan need a serious talking to – Incredible

This all started in 2012. Annie has been in and out of prison. 21,500 cases dismissed. The only problem is that she had been working since 2003. It began with lab managers performing incompetent vetting as she lied about just … Continue reading

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Genetic phenotyping described as an “identification” in Jogger Murder case.

The phenotyping part isn’t an ‘identification.’ Suspect in Mass. Jogger Killing Caught by Advanced DNA, License Plate Number Written on Detective’s Hand.   

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