Category Archives: US Crime labs

Forensics: Houston PD decides public can know when police might injure or kill them – Grits for Breakfast

Well then, may we presume they also control their “independent crime lab?” As in deep-sixing unfavorable crime scene evidence and “losing” police body cam vids. Grits for Breakfast: Houston PD decides public can know when police might injure or kill … Continue reading

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Forensics: Pro prosecution NYPD DNA Database Continues to Grow, Legal Aid Society Says

Despite the NYPD’s promise to reduce its DNA database, it has grown, the Legal Aid Society says. — Read on http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/07/02/nypd-dna-database-continues-to-grow-legal-aid-society-says

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Forensics: Mathematicians urge colleagues to boycott police work in wake of killings

This is huge. I wonder if the #AAFS has enough huevos to do something similar. More than 1,400 researchers have signed a letter calling on the discipline to stop working on predictive-policing algorithms and other models. — Read on http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01874-9

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Forensics: San Jose man not guilty in death-penalty child killing case

Its all about DNA mixture software interpretation. Sound familiar? San Jose man not guilty in death-penalty child killing case — Read on http://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/19/death-penalty-case-jury-finds-san-jose-man-not-guilty-in-2016-child-killing/amp/

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The interpretation of forensic conclusions by criminal justice professionals: The same evidence interpreted differently – ScienceDirect

Bingo. A bit of a read, but at the end it is clear that experienced exMiners believe their own bs to much. The interpretation of forensic conclusions by criminal justice professionals: The same evidence interpreted differently – ScienceDirect — Read … Continue reading

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#Forensics #DNA U.S. Takes Step to Require Asylum-Seekers’ DNA

Similar to building walls in Colorado? The Trump administration ignores US untested rape specimens and will collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and add the information to a massive FBI database. Trump and the GOP continue to protray undoc immigrants as … Continue reading

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Forensics: Revealing the effects of politics tainting forensic science

The sociology of police crime labs is thoroughly disclosed in this short article. Max Houck recognizes the 10 year old NAS Report and he offers some improvements. Tell that to the USDOJ. Again. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X19300853

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Forensics Australia gets low marks from a senior judge

Unreliability of forensic experts gets serious attention from a high level jurist. Some of this started in California’s bitemark case of Bill Richards. @CA_Innocence. https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-judge-worried-forensic-evidence-putting-innocent-people-behind-bars-20190823-p52k3l.html

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Forensics disaster in the UK. Looking at £s wasted and evidence lost

Take a close look at this one. Government “savings” turned into a mayhem of chaos since the 2012 closure of the FSS. Dont talk to police or politicians abt forensics. http://www.labnews.co.uk/article/2029976/forensics-in-crisis

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Forensics: Physics makes important inroads to outdated blood spatter expertise.

This is a well referenced look at BPA. The perspective is clearly science-based and unfettered by practitioner assumptions and biases. Rather refreshing, to put it mildly, and it also uncovers how BPA experts don’t agree with each other on basic … Continue reading

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