Category Archives: Forensic Science

Time Since Intercourse (TSI) 48 and 15 hours. 

Vaginal and oral sites

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A partial look at fingerprint error distribution : False Exclusions only studied

I do think ‘false positives’ have been eradicated from police crime lab vernacular. This FSI article went after “false negatives’ as they say their literature is all about ‘individuation.’ Seems a bit non-sequitor to me as their study is in … Continue reading

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Closed DNA chief gets settlement to go away

http://www.kvue.com/news/investigations/defenders/dna-lab-chief-forensic-officer-being-paid-to-resign/429243987

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Forensic Anthro: Computation look at the human pubis for aging unknown remains

There’s always room for a little humor, right? Taking a new look at the changes over time of the two pubic bones. Fundamental work in the pre-digital era done by forensic anthropologist Judy Suchey at the U of Fullerton in … Continue reading

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Forensics: Irish “unmarked mass graves” of children shows “harsh, harsh conditions”

“Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the discovery is an infinitely sad reminder of an Ireland that was a “very harsh, harsh place” for women and their babies.” You can be sure, this is not the only location … Continue reading

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Missing in America: California’s premier Unidentified Persons Unit

US Stats: 4,000 unknown human bodies found each year. >1000 remain unidentified after one year. >40,000 human remains exist as ‘unidentified’ in the US. Missing person reports in CA now at 20,000. Unknown bodies in CA exceed 3,000. I recently … Continue reading

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Where forensic lab reports are not testimonial – Wisconsin

Apparently these judges in Wisconsin  believe through a circuitous logic that crime lab results are not available for cross-examination. Sometimes. They approved a pathologist to talk about a tox result at a hearing about cause of death. As is usually … Continue reading

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Disproportionate number of minorities in DNA databases misdirects cases

Here is a lede from the New York Legal Aid Society about the slowly trending use of racially skewed DNA bases being LEO searched for relatives of suspects. (More news below). The limitations of familial DNA also made headlines in … Continue reading

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When flies besmirch the crime scene, this might avoid DNA mistakes

Interesting look at separating fly DNA from human DNA at a messy crime scene. Hopefully the fly crap can be separated out after the research is completed. There are cases where flyspecks (regurg and poop) are mis-identified as blood spatter and … Continue reading

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Forensics: Making sure your employer get paid regardless…….

An insider look about genetic ‘counselors’ selling imperfect testing services and exaggerating results in order to stay employed. Hmm, the same might be said for police using junk drug testing kits from Kmart.  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/03/05/when-baby-due-genetic-counselors-seen-downplaying-false-alarms/bBC0KAFVidJASkkOiMg6DI/story.html

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