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Alchemy, prosecutors, junk science and bitemarks – NY Times

This pic has gotten alot of action over the last few years. It originated at the University Buffalo School of Dentistry and shows plaster models of human teeth used at Dr. Mary and Peter Bush research center. Joining the accelerating … Continue reading

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DOJ takeover of forensic policy making and practice – Comments Deadline Ap 12 11:59 EDT

Making comments to the US DOJ is largely pointless since its boss AG Sessions is determined to control the playing field of US forensic science to the advantage of the prosecutors. All of this is  via their series of lies … Continue reading

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More scientists gang up against the bitemarkers – Oxford University Press -#AAFS2017

Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
It’s just a dental journal (see pg. 68), but this op-ed piece may be the FIRST time organized dentistry has spoken out about the flim-flam of bitemark ‘science.’…

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From mere suggestion, to simple research, to accurate “forensics” in 2 days – Hair II

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New Hair Testing Technique Can Accurately Predict a Criminal’s Personal Traits The time line of promoting forensic research into actual use in criminal investigation seems to be incredibly…

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Much to do about the future of forensics in the US. 

http://www.nature.com/news/label-the-limits-of-forensic-science-1.21774 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/09/2017-04695/notice-of-federal-advisory-committee-meeting?utm_campaign=subscription%20mailing%20list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email https://www.justice.gov/ncfs/page/file/953651/download https://www.justice.gov/ncfs/meeting-materials-term-2#mtg13

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Looking at legal appellate process error rate – and its weak cure

The clamor for ‘error rates’ in forensics seems a strange contrast to the legal system which decides on its admissibility. Is there a claim of legal malpractice by judges? Read this detailed article on risk management tools available when a … Continue reading

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Dubai Forensic meeting starts with a news article about semi-reliable certainties

This meeting in the UAE  sounds interesting. It is named “Spotlight on Forensic Science.” I’m sure some important US forensic folks are attending. Barry Fisher of the AAFS is second speaker on the subject of “admissibility of pattern evidence” and … Continue reading

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Progressive DAs get backlash from their “lock-em-up” peers like Michael Ramos

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District Attorney Aramis D. Ayala of Orlando, FL is getting targeted for realizing that the death penalty is only in play in 0.01% of her criminal cases and…

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These 8 serial executions in Arkansas are sickening.

The death penalty is broken, but that isn’t stopping Arkansas. The state plans to execute 8 people in 10 days so it can use up nearly-expired – and dangerous – execution drugs. Arkansas’s planned assembly line of executions is irresponsible, … Continue reading

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Netherlands custody death brings out the ‘perfect’ expert for the cops defence

This is what courts commonly see when expert wits are qualified as keepers of specialized knowledge regarding in-custody deaths. He is a government employee in Amsterdam. http://nltimes.nl/2017/03/29/expert-forensics-witness-history-backing-cops-violence-cases-report Here is a journal article with this same expert, Kees Das, showing up … Continue reading

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