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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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Fingerprints: Using metal deposition to reveal palm and fingerprints on fabric

Early look at recognition and retrieval of hands and fingers using vacuum metal deposition. https://www.west-technology.co.uk/forensic/2017/09/28/visualisation-grab-mark-impressions-fabric/

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Not #Fake #News – Misleading forensics used in convictions – This time its in England

A brand new juried paper in @ScienceDirect on a 235 case metadata look at the evidentiary contents of “unsafe” convictions in Wales, and England. “Unsafe” is a Brit legal term that parallels “wrongful conviction” which is used in the US. … Continue reading

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Making a Joke about Forensic “matches” – John Oliver speaks out – Serious facts

Talking about the “CSI Effect” of “perfect matching” versus the science-lacking truth in use in reality. My bitemark buddies are prominant cast members. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScmJvmzDcG0&feature=youtu.be

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Another exoneree gets thrown out onto the streets without assistance

Broke and no ID. The unsung generosity of the Innocence Network comes to the surface once again. Rather than getting government and public assistance if he had been guilty, this exonerated man just got released after 15 years in prison after … Continue reading

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