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Forensics: This police lab is a total wreck. Oversight Hearing Reveals More Issues at DC Crime Lab – WCP

The DC crime lab lost its accreditation last year. Its interim director says he has no solid plan for returning to regular operations. — Read on washingtoncitypaper.com/article/545794/oversight-hearing-reveals-more-issues-at-crime-lab/

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Forensics: False/misleading forensics compose 24% of wrongfully convicted nation wide. Michiganders have lost more than 1,415 years of freedom

Deniers of these stats blame the lawyers. Wrongful convictions have led to Michiganders spending at least 1,417 years in prison. Nationwide, exonerees have lost at least 26,289 years to prison. — Read on http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/wrongfully-convicted-michiganders-have-lost-more-than-1415-years-of-freedom

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Forensics: Disaster. Sweeping report urges DC to review every case handled by firearms, fingerprint units at troubled crime lab

Senior leaders at the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences have come under intense scrutiny in a scathing top-to-bottom review of the District’s now unaccredited crime lab. — Read on wtop.com/dc/2021/12/sweeping-report-urges-dc-to-review-every-case-handled-by-firearms-fingerprint-units-at-troubled-crime-lab/

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Forensics: Go Alicia! Reforming Forensics: Why Academics Are Challenging the Science Behind U.S. Criminal Justice | Discover Magazine

Academics are fighting to reform criminal justice techniques — many of which are based on thin and outdated science — that have incriminated hundreds of innocent people in the U.S. — Read on http://www.discovermagazine.com/technology/reforming-forensics-why-academics-are-challenging-the-science-behind-criminal-justice

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Forensics: Major story. FBI Tampering? Ex-FBI Forensic Examiner, Dr. James Richard Kiper takes on cyber fraud over doctored FBI exhibits.

Very interesting read. FBI Tampering? Suneel’s Expert – FBI Forensic Examiner Dr. James Richard Kiper – ‘the Real McCoy’ – Maybe Top Expert in Nation – Frank Report — Read on frankreport.com/2021/11/02/fbi-tampering-suneels-expert-fbi-forensic-examiner-dr-james-richard-kiper-the-real-mccoy-maybe-top-expert-in-nation/

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Forensics: DNA in murder case sits in Denver crime lab for 11 months

Family asking for public help. Crime lab output delays are unacceptable. A father is making an emotional plea and putting up $25,000 of his own money to help find his son’s killer. He is also asking the Problem Solvers to … Continue reading

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Forensics: After flubbing a massive loss of Dallas police evidence, city manager reveals new policies

How’s that for a chain of custody violation? City manager runs the police database? After electronic evidence went missing in the spring, Broadnax vows to inform people sooner and implements more protections for transferring data. — Read on http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/08/16/dallas-city-manager-tc-broadnax-admits-he-could-have-communicated-better-about-deleted-police-data/

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Forensics: A bad day: Medical Examiner’s Office chief toxicologist faces criminal probe with potential legal ramifications in years of cases

Gary Kunsman, the chief toxicologist for the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, is under investigation for the alleged theft of a controlled substance and evidence tampering. — Read on http://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/07/29/chief-toxicologist-at-broward-medical-examiners-office-under-criminal-investigation/

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Forensics: Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousand of cases

SEATTLE – Behind the locked doors of a third-floor office in South Seattle, countertop instruments filled with dozens of tiny vials feed data to nearby monitors while performing scores of tests each day in pursuit of justice. — Read on … Continue reading

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Forensics: Leaving trace DNA? All Cops Should Submit DNA Samples to Avoid Crime-Scene Confusion

Researchers hope the review will prod the NYPD to convince its unions to create a database of all officers to avoid possible wrongful arrests and convictions. But will New York cop unions comply? — Read on http://www.thecity.nyc/2021/7/15/22575790/all-cops-should-submit-dna-samples-to-avoid-crime-scene-confusion-federal-report

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