Category Archives: forensic science reform

Forensics: Fingerprint Source Identity Lacks Scientific Basis for Legal Certainty | American Association for the Advancement of Science

A sweeping denial of fingerprint reliability. More Research into Validity of Fingerprint Comparisons Needed, Forensic Report Says Courtroom testimony and reports stating that fingerprints collected from a crime scene belong to a single person lack scientific foundation. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Autopsy of a Crime Lab | Dispelling the myth of a perfect forensic match – YouTube

New book! Brandon Garrett, the L. Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, discusses the fallacies and flaws in forensic “science.” — Read on http://www.youtube.com/watch

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Forensics: Why Defense Forensics Experts Matter | Psychology Today

I have opposed many a prosecution bitemarker expert claiming equivalency to “its just like a fingerprint.” DAs were never happy. 12 exoneration cases Ive assisted proves who was right. ‘CSI is often presented in a one-sided way at criminal trials. … Continue reading

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Forensics: On the eve of the #AAFS2021 meeting, the last 4 years of stagnation of forensic reform is reviewed.

Very comprehensive look at the obstinance of hard-core deniers of scientific progress in police crime labs. Written by Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith. theintercept.com/2019/05/05/forensic-evidence-aafs-junk-science/

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Forensics: Disparate legal standards. One for the rich, one for the poor. Georgia Offers Unequal Expert Evidence Standards

Guess who gets the benefit, and who gets the shaft. It is glaring proof that the two tier legal structure of rich vs poor really exists. The second proof is the inequitable funding of prosecutors, providing DAs with distinct advantages … Continue reading

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Forensics: Will the Return of Science Reinvigorate Forensics Reform? Yeah Jordan Smith!

Guess who is on the junk science list? The ABFO/AAFS bitemarkers. Eric Lander, Biden’s pick for top science adviser, co-authored a damning report on the faulty forensic practices behind hundreds of wrongful convictions. — Read on theintercept.com/2021/01/22/biden-forensic-science-eric-lander/

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Forensics: Forensic science inaccuracy: Firearm and fingerprint comparisons are less reliable than they seem.

A story told from a juror’s perspective. How police experts doctor their error rates in “proficiency” tests. Ballistics and fingerprints linked to misleading testimony as revealed by Itiel Dror at UCL. Bitemarkers did similar. Don’t believe forensic examiners’ claims about … Continue reading

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Forensics: Baseline look at junk science through the deviance and failures of bitemark believers

Marvin Zalman’s interview on his LR article describing the “cognitive biases, deviance, and dissonance” of science deniers. It shocking they are still affiliated by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences — Podcast on excitedutterance.com/listen ___ Albany Law Review

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Forensics: The Confrontation Clause: Can the Sixth Amendment Protect Defendants from Junk Science?

A defendant appeals claiming his right to cross-examine a prosecution’s DNA expert was denied at trial. Amazing how simple this sounds in theory. DAs, however, often get around defendants’ Constitutional protections. Then the judge won’t pay for a defense expert … Continue reading

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Forensics: Junk arson opinions. How Jason Lively was cleared of the West Virginia fire that killed Doc Whitley

Experts say wrongful fire convictions are disturbingly common, because investigators often lack up-to-date education and advanced training. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/jason-lively-fire-innocent-west-virginia/2020/10/21/44772dba-f2b4-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

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