Category Archives: police crime labs

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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Forensics Australia gets low marks from a senior judge

Unreliability of forensic experts gets serious attention from a high level jurist. Some of this started in California’s bitemark case of Bill Richards. @CA_Innocence. https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-judge-worried-forensic-evidence-putting-innocent-people-behind-bars-20190823-p52k3l.html

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Forensics disaster in the UK. Looking at £s wasted and evidence lost

Take a close look at this one. Government “savings” turned into a mayhem of chaos since the 2012 closure of the FSS. Dont talk to police or politicians abt forensics. http://www.labnews.co.uk/article/2029976/forensics-in-crisis

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Forensics incorrect between 23% to 96% of court cases

A UK study group describes their study as demanding a “holistic overhaul” of these practices taken into criminal courts. It contains a good review of US exoneration efforts to effect forensics. Too bad the police controlled forensic managers seem deaf … Continue reading

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A New Solution to Countering Bad Science in Forensics | Lab Manager

Aussie study follows up on the unacceptable “ad hoc” nature of 30 different crime lab methods. They also demand for forensic science to become more open. Even DNA has befuddled courts into accepting “proprietary secrets” regarding crime lab software. — … Continue reading

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