Category Archives: forensic science reform

Forensics: I believed in Shaken Baby Syndrome until science showed I was wrong | Waney Squier | TED talk

This makes my battles regarding bitemarks a mere blip. My objections to using skin injury patterns as pattern evidence started in 1995. — Read on progressvideo.tv/videos/i-believed-in-shaken-baby-syndrome-until-science-showed-i-was-wrong-waney-squier-tedxwandsworth

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Forensics: Not good. Accuracy and reproducibility of conclusions by forensic bloodstain pattern analysts – ScienceDirect

Accuracy and reproducibility of conclusions by forensic bloodstain pattern analysts – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073821001766

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Shifting forensic focus from means to purpose: A path forward for the discipline?

A good discussion regarding forensics vs science concepts and practices. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1355030621001076

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Forensics: Bitemarks. Michigan governor Witmer and Innocence community shares how faulty forensic science leads to wrongful convictions

A task force created this year by Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to meet each month to come up with recommendations and best practices for how forensic science work is used, conducted and assessed in the criminal justice system. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics: Unknown DOJ Prosecutor writes policy statement ignoring scientific commissions’ years of critical review.

Another hit piece by government lawyers claiming scientific scrutiny of police science is unscientific. Weird. Democracy Forward and the Union of Concerned Scientists say the Trump-era statement is biased, inaccurate, and runs afoul of federal law. — Read on theintercept.com/2021/08/08/forensic-science-reform-justice-department/

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Forensics: Junk science gets support from DOJ Statement Pushing Dubious Forensic Science Is Challenged by Advocates

Democracy Forward and the Union of Concerned Scientists say the Trump-era statement is biased, inaccurate, and runs afoul of federal law. — Read on theintercept.com/2021/08/08/forensic-science-reform-justice-department/

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Forensic examination: Unhappy bitemarkers in OZ. The case for a criminal review commission in Australia

Uneasy about improper use of their discipline, forensics experts call for an appeals body to protect against miscarriages of justice — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jul/18/forensic-examination-the-case-for-a-criminal-review-commission-in-australia

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Forensics: Racist? Repatriating enslaved human remains. MOVE Bombing Remains Scandal Shows Enduring Racism in Anthropology

The remains of two victims of the MOVE bombing were improperly kept for decades — part of a long history of racism and colonialism in the field of anthropology. — Read on http://www.teenvogue.com/story/move-bombing-remains-anthropology/amp

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Forensics: Trade secrets vs Crim Law. A Virginia defendant could be the first to see secret DNA software.

Prosecutors have used software to help convict thousands but have never revealed its source code. A Virginia defendant has won the right to examine it for errors. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/trueallele-software-dna-courts/2021/07/12/66d27c44-6c9d-11eb-9f80-3d7646ce1bc0_story.html

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Anthropology: A racist scientist built a collection of human skulls. Should we still study them? | Science | AAAS

Anthropologists face a reckoning over remains of enslaved people in museums — Read on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/07/racist-scientist-built-collection-human-skulls-should-we-still-study-them

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