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Forensics: Police crime labs continue to mess up DNA mixture identifications. Courts slow to respond.

The Dangers of DNA Testing In a new study, 74 out of 108 crime laboratories implicated an innocent person in a hypothetical bank robbery. Sept. 21, 2018 By Greg Hampikian Dr. Hampikian is a professor of biology at Boise State … Continue reading

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The Innocence Project takes on a DA with complaint to the NY Bar; DAs hate the idea of having any oversight to protect the public

The NY Innocence Project is using the traditional means of complaining about a district Attorney involved with one of their client’s exoneration case. Bar associations have long been used for this and historically, are ineffective in doing anything.  The California … Continue reading

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Scientific Terminology Explained | Forensic Science in North Carolina

If you’d like to learn more about scientific terminology, Duke Law student Logan Johnson interviewed toxicologist Dr. Jay Gehlhausen about terminology that attorneys might encounter when reviewing scientific evidence. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between reproducibility and … Continue reading

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Forensics: A short blast at amateur blood stain expertise and other ilk.

All this started before “The CSI Effect” came into view. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/__trashed-6/

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Forensics: “Dentists should own identifying disaster victims from bitemarks”

Although written with the best of intentions, this journal article is a hot mess. The author mixes dental identification of human remains with “the teeth don’t lie” metaphor used by bitemarkers. This will surely get put on the bitemark reading … Continue reading

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Grits for Breakfast: Changes to DNA-mixture software raise questions about old versions

Grits for Breakfast: Changes to DNA-mixture software raise questions about old versions — Read on gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2018/08/changes-to-dna-mixture-software-raise.html

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Forensics Canada: Bitemarkers run amok; Courts and DAs prefer case precedence over science.

This is a 50 page UBC Law Review narrative on the inadequacies of courts to recognize junk “forensic” experts. Battling Canadian bitemarkers leave a trail of exaggerated claims and criminal case law that is blind to scientific principles. SSRN-id3201061   … Continue reading

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“Almost junk forensic science” of blood spatter expertise – Its not as simple as it’s taught in class

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
Here is a good look at why “forensics” should be considered amateur-hour non-science in many jurisdictions. Article goes within a conviction that had the same cop being the…

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Incompetent Forensics: Using DNA to identify incarcerated immigrant children

Trump’s ICE minions claim detained immigrant records were lost. Others contend they never existed. Massive DNA testing may now insue. Flubber-headed use of forensics by this org is clearly ludicrous. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/us/migrant-children-chaos-family-separation.html https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/politics/dna-testing-migrant-family-separation/index.html

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NIJ Forensics 2018: page 10 deprecates exonerations from criminal convictions aided by unvalidated methods

The US federal look on the forensic issues relating to convictions of innocent defendants is on page 10. Its mostly platitudes and clearly misdirects the reader to consider that stats used by innocence litigators are flawed. The article’s mainstays are, … Continue reading

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