Category Archives: forensic science reform protecting the innocent

Forensics: John Hopkins Strongly Weighs In On Bitemarks and Other “Police Forensics” Omitting Scientific Proofs

Scientists decry a lack of actual  science in forensic methods Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Arturo Casadevall among co-authors of ‘PNAS’ editorial…….. “WE WANTED TO ALERT PEOPLE THAT THIS IS A CONTINUING AND A MAJOR ISSUE: THAT MANY OF THE FORENSIC TECHNIQUES … Continue reading

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Talking Science to Prosecutors and Cops by “Independent” Scientists Continues Unabated

Experts call for more science in forensic science By Susan Kelley | April 10, 2018 Law, Government & Public Policy News & Events MEDIA INQUIRIES  Sunita Sah A group of scientists, including Sunita Sah, a physician and assistant professor of management and organizations, … Continue reading

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Bad Forensics: Police Controlling Forensic Pathology Outcomes

You won’t see this on CSI which only portrays forensic pathologists as working smoothly with law enforcement. This story from San Joaquin Valley (Modesto, CA) is not the only place where Sheriff Coroners run over their “employee” forensic pathologists. District … Continue reading

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The nature of hair and lack of robust research leads to doubts about cocaine testing company

Its the old story of a commercial drug testing company getting a head start in police forensics without discriminant variable testing to support its claims of a subjects’ drug use. The FBI uses this system to this day. In general, … Continue reading

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AAAS takes on police “forensic” fingerprint guidelines being an unscientific excuse for accuracy testing

All my forensic casework has seen attorneys asking experts about their  “training and experience” relationship to rendered opinions. The AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science” (The World’s Largest)  calls out this permissive aspect of qualifying an expert’s “science”  … Continue reading

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Dodgy Forensics: Here’s Why Crime Labs Need to Be Independent From the Police

Either this crime lab director is a cop or he was trained by one to keep his mouth shut to advantage the District Attorneys’ Office.  The Orange County (Trumpland of California) DA Raukaukus has a few smooth moves of his … Continue reading

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If Bitemark Identifiers Are Flawed, Why Did The AAFS Just Recertify Them?

The decades of criticisms about the American Board of Forensic Odontology’s (ABFO) relationship with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) has been a waste of time and effort. This US bitemark bunch gets an accreditation review each five years … Continue reading

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Is the “Nazification” of Forensic Science possible under Trump and Jeff Sessions?

Up to this point in history, the 20th century is gone, but it’s compendium of events regarding totalitarian use of governmental “mind control” of science and technology has continued into the 21st. Topics such as eugenics, population “cleansing” of dissidents, … Continue reading

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Using bitemarker cases to reflect on how courts should protect the innocent from junk forensic science – Some do and some don’t

Another mini-review of bitemark matching fallacies that present in the US  courts since 1954 and which contributed to dozens wrongful convictions. That number continues to increase. This article focuses on Alfred Swinton’s recent release from a Connecticut prison. It does … Continue reading

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Forensics: Incompetent officer field drug testing puts another innocent in jail for months – Vitamins “tested” as Oxycodone

Another field drug test mistake sends woman to jail — for months So much for “Law and Order” accuracy in field drug testing and law enforcement forensics. The recent USDOJ PR piece on forensic “transparency” and “validity” hasn’t made its … Continue reading

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