Category Archives: police crime labs

Efforts to rid court system of outdated and flawed forensic “expertise”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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How new DNA system creates added challenges with profiling

This company’s PR article tries to calm concerns about DNA-17 results which requires adjunct software to unravel what is called “background” DNA. This issue is directly related to the Washington DC crime lab (and earlier here) credentialing suspension three weeks ago. … Continue reading

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J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI legacy. What a veteran FBI crime lab whistle blower says about the “science” in forensics

J. Edgar Hoover’s legacy of “we always get our man” has a dark side. Dr. Frederick Whitehurst explains in this piece that, gut feelings, amateur research, cultural expediency and arrogance has been in the FBI’s DNA for decades. The Marshal Project … Continue reading

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Forensics: inadequate CSI murder scene work exposed on TV show

Police really messed up this “open and shut” murder case. Article Another example of a botched forensic path health history diagnosis which led to mother spending 9 years in prison. Article Here we go now with footprints “approaching uniqueness.’ The … Continue reading

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Cops try to minimize crime lab’s 5 year failure to supervise

Nothing looks more silly than a cop telling the public five years of his crime lab’s malfeasance is nothing to worry about. A jury seems not to care either. http://m.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/doubts-about-failed-dna-technician-surfaced-in-2010/Content?oid=2925589

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The myth of government-run crime lab impartiality is revealed

Former crime lab employee gets the boot for being a defense expert outside his state, sues the county government, its DA and police chief. So much for impartiality myth of police run forensic labs. The courts expect the “whole truth” from … Continue reading

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Who says politics isn’t in Forensics? DAs in DC expect too much from DNA lab

DNA mixtures (multiple person DNA blood samples) interpretation disagreement raises DC prosecutors to backlash against respected DC crime lab director Max Houck and his $200 million facility. He says different statistical methods produces varying opinions and he has setup a … Continue reading

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Forensics : Prosecutorial misconduct, exonerations and the Politics of Criminal Justice

From the Wrongful Convictions blog: “Prosecutorial arrogance and tunnel vision” plus more CJ and its politics http://wp.me/p2224n-4NX  via @WrongConvBlog   Not another one! But the best version I’ve read about this serial case from the 1880’s. “Forensic Scientist Claims To … Continue reading

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