Category Archives: US Crime labs

Forensics: Ex-police chief indicted on 88 counts in evidence theft case

A former North Carolina police chief who resigned last month amid an investigation into missing evidence has been indicted on 88 felony counts, authorities announced Friday. — Read on http://www.wral.com/ex-police-chief-indicted-on-88-counts-in-evidence-theft-case/19666733/

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Forensics: Is forensics any better? Why Are There So Few Black Ph.D.s? – The Atlantic

Why Are There So Few Black Ph.D.s? – The Atlantic — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/587413/

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Forensics: Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case

Good look at the different layers of resistance within attempts to improve forensic outcomes. Grits for Breakfast: Tarrant medical examiner who led Forensic Science Commission found to have misled jury in murder case — Read on gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2021/04/tarrant-medical-examiner-who-led.html

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Forensics: A lookback on the DC crime lab’s political turmoil. Firings and nepotism reigned supreme.

The history of an acclaimed “independent” crime lab getting the shaft in Washington DC. Now the lab is in hot water for “deliberately concealed” botched lab tests. csidds.com/2016/05/25/wash-dc-crime-lab-continues-to-coverup-its-problems-of-law-enforcement-bungles/ Now the lab is suspended from operation. https://dcist.com/story/21/04/07/dc-crime-lab-loses-accreditation-over-allegations-of-conealing-information/

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Forensics: Fighting the myth of toolmark “uniqueness.”

Great example of forensic exaggeration. An amicus brief by Brandon Garrett and a scientific cohort. csidds.com/2017/02/10/fighting-unique-toolmark-testimony-with-science-and-an-amicus-brief/

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Forensics: DC forensic lab under criminal investigation over firearms case

Im sure the lab claimed 100% accuracy. The D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences is under criminal investigation amid allegations that managers at the independent lab pressured analysts to change their conclusions, and then potentially misrepresented findings to its accrediting body, … Continue reading

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Forensics: North Carolina sends 6-year-olds to court. Why “some” say it’s time for change.

Some? Would any forensic examiner process evidence in a case on a 6 yo kid being a “perp?” Think abt the horror a kid must endure. DAs politicizing their “tough on crime” elections. Despicable. The 6-year-old dangled his legs above … Continue reading

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Forensics: Powerful DNA software used in hundreds of criminal cases faces new scrutiny

Error rates anyone? Powerful DNA software used in hundreds of criminal cases faces new scrutiny — Read on thenextweb.com/tech/2021/03/12/dna-software-for-criminal-cases-new-scrutiny-syndication/

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Forensics: Battling ballistics experts. Defense expert witness rebuts prosecution’s version of car-to-car shooting

Notice the DA hassles the defense expert who has trouble interpreting an incomplete report from the DOJ ballistics lab. Talk about gaslighting. Must be taught in DA 101 cross examination class. Mar. 12—The defense began presenting its case on Thursday … Continue reading

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Forensics: False positives revealed. Fingerprint database error rates seen in close non‐matches – Koehler – 2021 – Journal of Forensic Sciences @The_AAFS

Too bad this is pay-for-view. Abstract only. Jay Koehler has a remarkable ability to record the weak underbelly of forensic claims of reliability. Fingerprinters clearly used the self-assurances of being error-free. Just like the bitemarkers of AAFS/ABFO. At least the … Continue reading

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