Category Archives: Forensic Science

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

Posted in AAFS, Forensic Science, forensic science reform, human identification | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Forensics: Personal attacks and pushback against forensic bias researchers

Today’s Quattrone Center podcast with Itiel Dror, Brandon Garrett and Maneka Sinha reveals recent complaints leveled at Dror by @theNAME1996 forensic pathologists demanding retraction and his dismissal from UCL. His recent article on ME bias has hit a big nerve. … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, Bad Forensic Science, costs of wrongful convictions, criminal justice reform, CSI, forensic pathology, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Bias, forensic science misconduct, police crime labs | Tagged | Leave a comment

Forensics: Insights: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence – CSAFE

A study on the effect when known error rates are presented to juries. Assuming a forensic method even knows its error rate. This is the overview page with links to the actual research. Insights: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, criminal justice reform, CSI, expert testimony, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Bias, wrongful convictions | Leave a comment

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

Posted in AAFS, Crime lab scandal, forensic evidence exaggeration, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Bias, forensic science misconduct, forensic science reform, wrongful convictions | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Forensics: A lookback on the DC crime lab’s political turmoil. Firings and nepotism reigned supreme.

The history of an acclaimed “independent” crime lab getting the shaft in Washington DC. Now the lab is in hot water for “deliberately concealed” botched lab tests. csidds.com/2016/05/25/wash-dc-crime-lab-continues-to-coverup-its-problems-of-law-enforcement-bungles/ Now the lab is suspended from operation. https://dcist.com/story/21/04/07/dc-crime-lab-loses-accreditation-over-allegations-of-conealing-information/

Posted in AAFS, Crime lab scandal, criminal justice reform, CSI, DNA mixtures, Forensic Science, forensic science misconduct, police crime labs, US Crime labs | Leave a comment

Forensics: How bias affects forensic methods with Itel Dror

Interview by Brandon Garrett

Posted in AAFS, ABFO, Bad Forensic Science, Bite Marks, Bitemarks, Crime lab scandal, criminal justice, forensic fraud, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Bias, forensic science misconduct | Leave a comment

Forensics: Forensic pathologist: The real key to the Chauvin verdict (opinion) – CNN

Understanding the complicated medical terms used by expert witnesses may be crucial to following the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, writes forensic pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek. — Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/04/06/opinions/chauvin-verdict-key-pathology-melinek/index.html

Posted in AAFS, expert testimony, forensic pathology, Forensic Science, George Floyd autopsies | Leave a comment

Forensic Pathology: Expert Chauvin Defense Witness Faces Lawsuit Over Death of Black Teenager in Police Custody

Expect the “excited delerium” cliche to be heavily misused. “Positional asphyxia” from the back and neck compression, and resulting oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) are the causes of George Floyd’s cardiac arrythmia death. David Fowler, Maryland’s former chief medical examiner, is being … Continue reading

Posted in AAFS, Civil rights, forensic evidence exaggeration, forensic pathology, Forensic Science, police custody deaths | Tagged | Leave a comment

Forensics: Suspect discarded his covid mask after a police interview. ‘JURY CONVICTS VIOLENT CHILD RAPIST WHOSE IDENTITY WAS DISCOVERED FROM DNA’

JURY CONVICTS VIOLENT CHILD RAPIST WHOSE IDENTITY WAS DISCOVERED FROM DNA FOUND IN A DISCARDED COVID MASK | District Attorney | Monterey County, CA — Read on http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/8108/9444

Posted in AAFS, criminal justice, DNA profiling, Forensic Science | Leave a comment

Forensics: Hurray for Ernie Jackson! Forensic odontologist called in to help identify skeletal remains

Ernie goes back as far as I do in forensic odont. A real standout. He is the first board certified Black US forensic dentist. Here is a video interview with Ernie talking about a recent case.

Posted in AAFS, expert testimony, Forensic Dentistry, Forensic Science, human identification | Leave a comment