Category Archives: Wrongful Conviction

Who will pay Bill Richards for 23 years in prison? Answer: California taxpayers

The Richards’ Bitemark Here is the latest video about how Bill Richards was rounded up and convicted of murdering his wife in 1993. DNA said otherwise and also debunked a litany of shoddy forensic work by the San Bernardino Sheriffs … Continue reading

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Anti-PCAST District Attorney Says Bitemark Analysis Opponents Are “Flawed”

This National DA Assoc president works in San Bernardino County, among other things a place where bitemarks helped put an innocent Bill Richards in prison for 23 years. Ramos (campaigning for California’s Attorney General post and pro death penalty) has … Continue reading

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Hard data on factors leading to wrongful convictions : Forensics

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Forensic experts take on the NAS concerns about fingerprint examiners’ disagreement.

Fingerprint Examiners Found to Have Very Low Error Rates {By a group of 109 government fingerprint experts Investigations into the reliability of fingerprint matches continues. This news release from a NIJ funded project states a strong position for its reliability … Continue reading

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Another DA uninterested in protecting the public

This Prosecutor would rather put public safety at risk having the real criminal still at large than allowing a simple DNA test to prove or deny his office made a mistake. A real chickenshit move http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2015/01/08/prosecutors-fight-dna-test-rape-case/21471157/

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Forensic science review : 40 years of assuming “unique dental profiling” now considered unproven – AGAIN

The vagaries of what is “science” is a topic of interest to historians and those in the science business as part of their training. “Scientific advance” is what is expected to be the outcome. An odd variant is when some … Continue reading

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Press Release | Forensic Science Misconduct: A Dark and Cautionary Tale | @csidds

Don’t expect a “whodunnit” version of CSI victories in this Op-ed blog article about a darker side of the forensic sciences. It is from an author with ample forensic credentials and experience from both within and outside criminal courts of … Continue reading

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Another DA in denial over exonerating DNA from a bite mark

This case could be the 25th person wrongfully convicted in the US by a bite mark opinion. http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2013/08/convicted_murderer_turns_to_new_dna_evidence_to_prove_his_innocence_in_1994_killing.html#incart_river

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Costs of wrongful convictions

The financial connection between wrongful convictions and the costs to taxpayers is a fairly new topic for media discussion. It is rather localized (a $10 million civil award 2013 case from Chicago) in information as nationwide statistics do not appear … Continue reading

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Arizona Case of Police Misconduct and a Prosecutor’s Conflicts

This blog on the Milke case from Maricopa County (Sheriff Arpaio’s neighborhood) adds considerable detail to the opposing forces present when a conviction has been remanded for retrial and/or the defendant’s release. Its the same old story. Here’s a partial … Continue reading

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