Category Archives: forensic science reform

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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Forensics: Some Medical Examiners Say Sickle Cell Trait Causes Sudden Death–They’re Wrong – Scientific American @theNAME1966

This needs to be addressed. Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives. — Read on http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/some-medical-examiners-say-sickle-cell-trait-causes-sudden-death-theyre-wrong/

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Forensics: More ABFO bitemarker damage. Gilbert Lee Poole Jr. Exonerated of Murder After Three Decades. @theNAME1966

Locked up for more than three decades for murder, Gilbert Lee Poole, Jr. had been serving a life sentence since 1989 based largely on a form of forensic evidence once widely used but no longer deemed reliable: bite mark analysis. … Continue reading

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Forensics: SBS in OZ. Top scientists question basis for Victoria’s baby shaking prosecutions

Three young men are about to appeal against their convictions for killing or injuring infants by shaking them. The scientific community is split on the subject. So are the convictions sound? — Read on http://www.smh.com.au/national/top-scientists-question-basis-for-victoria-s-baby-shaking-prosecutions-20210513-p57rkm.html

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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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