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Man’s murder confession spurred by DNA phenotyping mug shot

This case deserves a closer look. Parabon DNA lab did the testing. The method of developing physical traits from DNA samples is a burgeoning business. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/18/ryan-riggs-texas-man-confesses-murder-dna-image/ More discussion on the issues involving these genetic mug shots from the ACLU (American … Continue reading

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Gunslinger Billy the Kid hangs out with his crew, one who shot him a couple years later.

American 1880’s outlaw and historical serial killer, Billy the Kid (William Bonney) sat for a tintype with some of his cohorts. Billy (second from left) was soon after shot down by the man on the far right (Pat Garret) who … Continue reading

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Blood spatter continues: It’s purveyors and assumption spur critics to express weaknesses

  This is a continuation of our previous blog on blood drops and criminal justice. It is expressly “old school” and experts really heavily on “experiments” both in courtrooms and their ‘spatter” rooms. Calling this science is also present in … Continue reading

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Cops lost track of supposed mafia victim’s body but vow they won’t give up looking for it because they “never give up.”

Unidentified remains of of crime victim commonly disappear from police or coroner’s record keeping due to many factors. California has a statute requiring dental data and DNA samples be preserved and sent to the Department of Justice in Sacramento for … Continue reading

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DNA ‘expert” shows she ain’t so expert

Plus the judge is not very happy. Ouch. In a double murder case in South Africa. The cross examination on her voir dire left alot of criticism to her creds and behavior on the case. It appears she only got … Continue reading

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Unsafe toxicology testing goes rampant in the UK – Forensic Regulator on the case

Intentional tampering cases in forensic drug case going beyond the original few hundred originally published. She said: ‘The organisation concerned held accreditation to the appropriate quality standard, but the malpractice was not discovered by the usual quality checks. ‘This raises … Continue reading

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Cautions suggested on using Bayesian Stats for all forensic purposes

Steve Lund and Hari Iyer are stat guys from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They bring forth a broader look at the ever popular use of “likelihood ratios” to support personal and scientific opinions of “match” probabilities. https://phys.org/news/2017-10-nist-urges-caution-courtroom-evidence.html

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Excellent look at determining homicide versus a staged suicide

Worth a look. A forensic pathologist present AT THE CRIME SCENE testifies in a murder trial on his use of tell-tale bits of info from the death scene. Smart cops called him into the investigation. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

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#Forensics: US Chief Justice gets a short sociology course ‘splained’ to him in public.

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Further proof that CSI is not real: DNA Database use in crime stats incredibly low

Here is an article talking about the UK judicial utilization of its multi-million pound national database. Homicide cases come in as the highest users of DNA info at 8%. Sexual assault cases are barely a blip. http://theconversation.com/dna-databases-its-still-far-from-clear-how-effective-they-are-in-fighting-crime-85137

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