Category Archives: National FOrensic Science Commission

THe NIST Forensic Science Commission Lays an Egg with its Bitemark Study Group. Now its hatching.

OSAC Subcommittee on Ondontology (sic) The original source of this NIST  information is here.  Other than originally mis-spelling ODONTOLOGY, this NIST subcommittee (OSAC) on Forensic Dentistry should do well dealing with dental identification of unknown human remains, but in the … Continue reading

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The personal dangers of protecting the innocent and underprivileged around the world : Similar issues exist in the US.

Civil rights and humanitarian legal advocacy is “The most dangerous job in law.” Prison, exile and worse exists around the world for legal advocates.  These stories make the pushback in the US against forensic and judicial reform seem paltry in … Continue reading

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Real talk about forensics and real science: ex AAFS president is interested about forensic mistakes, DNA from bitemarks, + more.

This blog has reached 6,000 hits since its inception. Thank you all for being involved!  Cheers Mike Bowers  Please consider subscribing to this blog. ====================================== Real science POV. Forcing Change In Forensic Science.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i19/Forcing-Change-Forensic-Science.html … via @cenmag A world apart is the … Continue reading

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Forensic in Focus: From Witch hunts, criminal justice to some not so real forensic science.

Proof that CJ is not “always right.” TN exoneration joins growing number of innocence cases. Bitemarks included. 1 of 25 are innocent. Prosecutorial misconduct in Japan. Japan’s Authoritarian Criminal Justice System. Tells the Facts, Names the Names  The American Board … Continue reading

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Comments on the White House 2014 report on “Strengthening Forensic Science”

Opinions from a forensic examiner. This material contains excerpts from the WH 2014 Forensic Science Report .  My comments (in bold) are added in certain sections. The Report excerpts are in italics. See the full report here. =========================================== EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF … Continue reading

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Bitemark Case Law: The Judicial failure by accepting bitemark experts as “qualified to identify” defendants

“Bitemark Identification” acceptance stems from this list of appellate cases starting in 1975 (Marx). This is a short list of the seminal cases (allowing the jury of decide the evidence declared to be science) that flowed from this first appellate … Continue reading

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Forensic researchers attacked both inside and outside US courts

Never say that forensics is always a “noble ” science. There are real thugs resisting scientific progress at every turn. Some in this story are DAs along with a small pack of AAFS/ABFO bite mark “crime fighters.” They got hammered … Continue reading

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Forensic Science Misconduct: A Dark Cautionary Tale @csidds

Let’s start with  a quick review of a few cases related to the subject of  forensic science failure and accompanying misconduct (Section 1). This  involves law enforcement officers, CSIs, prosecutors and prosecutorial experts in the multiple criminal justice systems: All … Continue reading

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Forensics in Focus | March 3 | Forensic science Reform bill needs your support | Get involved

I am thrilled to share that the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee just scheduled a markup for Senator Rockefeller’s S. 2022, The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014, on Wednesday, March 5th.  A markup is a hearing of the full Senate … Continue reading

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FORENSICS in FOCUS @csidds |Feb 28 | Dirty work in the Georgia Accredited DNA lab leads us where? The “Stocking Strangler” case.

Police CRIME LABSs “WHEN ALL THE DNA IS GONE. WE STILL CARRY ON” This mantra translates to,  “trust us we finally got it right.” The subject is the “gold standard” of  forensics: DNA processing. From the Georgia state managed crime … Continue reading

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