Category Archives: US Crime labs

Forensics: Former NOPD crime lab employee airs concerns over safety, procedures

Then they force him to take a drug test. A defense attorney tells WDSU the drug lab’s lack of accreditation could impact court cases. — Read on http://www.wdsu.com/article/wdsu-investigates-former-nopd-crime-lab-employee-airs-concerns-over-safety-procedures/34774281

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Forensics: The Confrontation Clause: Can the Sixth Amendment Protect Defendants from Junk Science?

A defendant appeals claiming his right to cross-examine a prosecution’s DNA expert was denied at trial. Amazing how simple this sounds in theory. DAs, however, often get around defendants’ Constitutional protections. Then the judge won’t pay for a defense expert … Continue reading

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Forensics: OMG. Ballistics ID refused. A D.C. judge’s much-needed opinion on ‘junk science’ – The Washington Post

Ballistic IDs got seriously limited in this one. Judge says “no expert opinion without science to back it up.” You know, stuff abt accuracy and error rates. DAs and USDOJers say all is still good with police forensics. Not. Much … Continue reading

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Forensics: Ignoring Guidelines and Morality. Coronavirus: Mike Pence continues campaign tour despite chief of staff’s positive test

Desperate and ignorant and illegal. Vice-president’s most senior aide, Marc Short, has virus but Pence and wife test negative — Read on amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/25/coronavirus-mike-pence-continues-campaign-tour-despite-chief-of-staffs-positive-test

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Forensics: Genetic phenotyping takes another hit. Man in sketch doesn’t look like suspect in killing of Sherry Black | KUTV

The commercial software and gene-reading developer says otherwise. What a joke. HTwenty-nine-year-old Adam Durborrow, the man arrested on suspicion of killing South Salt Lake bookstore owner Sherry Black in 2010, bears no resemblance to a suspect sketch released three years … Continue reading

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Forensics: Errors galore. Fingerprint error rate on close non‐matches – Koehler – – Journal of Forensic Sciences

Up to 28%. Ouch. That enters into the relam of less than scientifically reliable. Right? These seem to falsify what the US DOJ’s perpeual claims that they “never have had a mis-identification.” Fingerprint error rate on close non‐matches – Koehler … Continue reading

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Forensics: More than half of all wrongful criminal convictions are caused by government misconduct, study finds – The Washington Post

Plus forensic evidence provided by junk or exaggerating “experts.” Their mistakes are largely ignored by their fancy titled colleagues. Undoing their harmful effects takes decades or may be impossible. Many factors contribute to wrongful convictions of people, including withholding evidence … Continue reading

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Forensics: “Yeoman”Testing of rape kits from Southwest Missouri produces first DNA ‘hits’

Huh? The Missouri attorney general’s office has received its first DNA “hits” through the testing of previously untested rape kits, part of an ongoing initiative to clear the state’s backlog. — Read on http://www.joplinglobe.com/content/tncms/live/

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Forensics: Fudging the data results from (Mis)use of scientific measurements in forensic science – ScienceDirect

Jeez. This sure looks look no one took a class on experimental design at the FBI Academy. If one even exists. What an embarrassment. (Mis)use of scientific measurements in forensic science – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X20300553

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Forensics: St. Louis prosecutor instructed crime lab experts to reassemble Patricia McCloskey’s gun

This is about a husband and wife brandishing weapons at BLM protesters walking past their mansion. Their def atty says the wife’s gun was inoperative and now claims it has been tainted by the DA. Dad had an assault rifle … Continue reading

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