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FORENSICS: The ABCs of how cops cheat with Fabricated Evidence: Forensic Deception, Planted Evidence and Forged Confessions

Shocking? Not really. The National Registry of Exonerations data is quite revealing. By Kelsea Valerio (This is the fifth in an 11-part series by The Vanguard reporting on a study of exonerations produced by Samuel R. Gross, Maurice J. — … Continue reading

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Forensics: San Francisco District Attorney To Probe Forensic Lab Analyst’s Work

The lab guy was arrested and an evidence bag from the SFPD crime lab. He had 8 years of crime lab casework that will be reviewed for mismanagement or worse. SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — Read on http://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/District-Attorney-To-Probe-Forensic-Lab-Analyst-s-15561768.php

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Forensics: Pro prosecution NYPD DNA Database Continues to Grow, Legal Aid Society Says

Despite the NYPD’s promise to reduce its DNA database, it has grown, the Legal Aid Society says. — Read on http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/07/02/nypd-dna-database-continues-to-grow-legal-aid-society-says

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Forensics: DNA contamination personified in this case from Australia.

In the US, prosecutors in San Diego investigated the lab worker whose DNA was mixed up in the crime scene samples. He later committed suicide. This case in AU has similar DNA problems. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-28/more-dna-contamination-claims-emerge-at-claremont-trial/12011756

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Forensics: Despite failed field tests, UK police praise facial IDs from street cams.

Here’s a quick look at police “cart before the horse” attitudes on forensics. https://telecoms.com/502056/london-police-push-forward-with-controversial-facial-recognition-tech/

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Forensics: After $220M spent the DC crime lab has ongoing ills

The DC lab was founded in 2012 as independent from cops. That lasted abt a year when the cops took it back. See how that has turned out.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/fbi-federal-prosecutors-investigate-districts-forensic-firearms-lab/2020/01/23/c6518f36-3312-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html

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#Forensics: Faked cop ballistics may lead to review of 4K convictions. 

Faked credentials and forgery in another State crime lab. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/-safety/firearms-expert-forged-signatures-on-lab-reports-maryland-state-police-say/2019/12/28/67b49116-1c34-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

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#Forensics Getting Better. Ultrasensitive protein method ( might) let scientists ID someone from a single strand of hair | Science | AAAS

Heavily shedding criminals, beware — Read on http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/scientists-can-now-identify-someone-single-strand-hair

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#Forensics: 16 minutes on DNA profiling, the good and the bad. From Dan Krane in Ohio

The opponents (i.e. prosecutors) to Dan’s methodology say that standards for minimum sample size and commercial profiling companies testing for inconsistencies and unreliabilities are not necessary. Of course they do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpPkmDeS3Dg

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#Forensics #DNA U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum-Seekers’ DNA

Similar to building walls in Colorado? The Trump administration ignores US untested rape specimens and will collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and add the information to a massive FBI database. Trump and the GOP continue to protray undoc immigrants as … Continue reading

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