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National DAs backup DOJ and police control of #Forensic Standards and Practices. #Resist

A very measured PR statement by a DA claiming many good things to come by allowing prosecutors to pick and choose their agendized concepts of forensic standards and practices. This is despite the Innocence Projects continuing to show his brand … Continue reading

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Massive ‘Pirate Bay of Science’ and Publishers leads to Battles with some Russians

I just found five Internet sites that claim to have free access to our latest book. All of this leads to reasons why journals subscriptions and textbooks are $$$ and out of reach to many of us as the honest … Continue reading

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Forensics: Focus on bitemark beliefs and “The Syndrome”

While spending nearly a full May 5th springtime time day listening to the “Country Dentist” Dr Michael West lavish a Mississippi courtroom with his god-like powers of forensic observation aided by a blue light flashlight, I began to reflect on … Continue reading

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Taking a look at forensic science fakery – The Country Dentist

Lets get real, the connection between rigorous multiple studies in forensic science and what is done “in the field” can be described as inconsistently applied. Ive been exposed to a single Journal of Forensic Science article from 1984 that was … Continue reading

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Excellent coverage on Forensic Science Reform battling it out at #AAFS2016

Some were glad, others were sad, and others were mad at this year’s AAFS. A few were defensive. These two veteran investigative reporters for The Intercept, Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith, entered the annual realm of the “crime fighting” American … Continue reading

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Forensics: More judicial illiteracy about scientific principles

Somewhere there must be an appellate judge who understands something about reliability. The 7th US Circuit sure needs some help. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/08/04/federal-appeals-court-drug-dog-thats-barely-more-accurate-than-a-coin-flip-is-good-enough

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Forensics: From the New York Legal Aid Society’s DNA UNIT – The latest and the best news

Connect with them @LegalAidNYC   A New York Trial Court precludes LCN and FST evidence after extensive Frye Hearing litigated by the Legal Aid Society’s DNA Unit (New York Law Journal)Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Mark Dwyer issued a written decision precluding … Continue reading

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UK Forensics : Innocence Project is putting a stop to wrongful convictions across the world

Donate to the Innocent Project California Innocence Project: Mississippi IP  New York IP  ======================================= “There is no question there are wrongful convictions all over the world. There’s no country that is free from wrongful convictions and no country that would … Continue reading

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Excellent Canadian article on problematic forensics

This is a great piece which echoes others involved in forensic science reform. One statement rings true regarding juries/judges having to interpret exaggerating and conflicting experts. m.thestar.com/#/article/news/crime/2015/06/12/why-its-so-hard-to-keep-bad-forensics-out-of-the-courtroom.html?referrer=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FGmxX8xrGfu

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Examples where Forensic language and the media lead to misinformation and confusion for juries.

How things have changed? The term “similar’ used in fiber analysis case. http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2015/06/forensic-scientist-testifies-fibers-victims-hair-similar-distant-carpet But then another case uses “unique” to describe a broken car headlight. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/forensic-expert-certain-car-on-cctv-belonged-to-sheffield-man-accused-of-murder-1-7305526 What the “CSI effect looks like on “Bones” TV show. Accuracy in forensics not a … Continue reading

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