Category Archives: police crime labs

Who will pay Bill Richards for 23 years in prison? Answer: California taxpayers

The Richards’ Bitemark Here is the latest video about how Bill Richards was rounded up and convicted of murdering his wife in 1993. DNA said otherwise and also debunked a litany of shoddy forensic work by the San Bernardino Sheriffs … Continue reading

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Messed up DNA testing fixed after 24 years in prison; Lazy ballistics

Wisconsin man exonerated and released from prison after 24 years after Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office found lab analyst made errors in original 1992 DNA analysis report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) A new study shows that PredPol, a predictive policing software … Continue reading

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The underbelly of science vs police science arguments in the News

A former D.C. public defender has written an Op-Ed on Counterpunch.org titled, “Corrupted Evidence: How the Department of Justice is Blocking Forensic Evidence Reform” “Junk Science? —Legal Experts Slam Reliability of Much Forensic Evidence in Criminal Trials” (Ground Report) Thanks … Continue reading

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“No preset rules in DNA Forensics”: examples of errors and doubts in DNA casework that juries must tackle.

This does not read like CSI Miami. Wait, that one got cancelled. Thank you Jesus. “A 2013 survey by the National Institute of Standards and Technology asked analysts from 108 labs to look at a three-person mixture and determine if … Continue reading

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Internal personnel discipline in a state’s # Forensics crime lab is revealed with some names included.

A view into how a state’s DOJ crime lab disciplines itself. It seems appropriate considering the facts given in this article.    

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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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SF Police Chief Loses a $2M grant for rape kits. His Crime lab is “maxed out.” Plus Murder around the world.

S.F. Police Chief Greg Suhr during a news conference speaks about an audit of the crime lab’s DNA unit, which has come under fire for faking results, as well as other police misconduct, at the Hall of Justice, Friday, April … Continue reading

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Efforts to rid court system of outdated and flawed forensic “expertise”

Old Convictions, New Science Texas tackles debunked forensics. This legislative process in Texas reflects how the monolithic (i.e huge) US criminal justice system “repairs” itself. I use the word “repair” very loosely in that people have to be injured, killed … Continue reading

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DC DNA lab suspension ALL political

Having already blogged on DC lab director Max Houck getting axed by a combination of a DA and the mayor, this open statement by Jay Seigel confirms the battle royale happening between this independent crime lab and local power brokers. … Continue reading

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More on what damage junk forensic science brings society

After 36 years…… http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-man-imprisoned-by-flawed-fbi-forensic-evidence-exonerated/2015/05/23/ed382f70-00c6-11e5-8b6c-0dcce21e223d_story.html

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