Category Archives: wrongful convictions

Forensics: The Innocence Projects legacy. Increasing the Integrity of Convictions Begins with Prosecutors

  18 Utah-based convictions have been overturned since 1990 with prison sentences ranging from two years to life, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Utah has approximately 3,000 prison admissions a year, and it is tempting to believe our wrongful … Continue reading

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Forensics: Bogus pattern matching in Australia leads back to the US FBI

Using science to correct false convictions goes on around the world. In Aussieland, this man spent 25 years in prison due to a “1/1,000 match” from a single hair. https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/02/why-is-courtroom-science-so-unscientific/

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Forensics: 1984 murder charge of crime labber now described as lab error. 

Those DAs in San Diego are relentless. They’ve ignored this for decades. Crime lab guy suicided before trial. DNA never lies. Right? https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/story/2020-02-04/crime-lab-worker-testifies-he-might-have-contaminated-evidence-in-1984-murder-case

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Forensics: Real perps go free after false convictions

A look at how prosecutors and cops play deaf and dumb after innocent defendants are exonerated. https://thecrimereport.org/2020/02/03/prosecutorial-misconduct-getting-away-with-murder/

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Forensics: A good look at non-science advocacy masquerading as forensics. SBS

Remember, watch your back when you go against the grain of “established” medical opinion. The “true believers”  will come after you.  https://theappeal.org/new-jersey-woman-prison-shaken-baby-syndrome/

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#Forensics: 2 “Founding fathers” of bitemarker group found to be wrong. Not the first time.

Read about the “science” that still plagues the criminal justice system. The only believers are few but some still get paid to teach unsuspecting students and entry-level dentists. Here is another of their victims. Cifizzari – National Registry of Exonerations … Continue reading

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Forensics: Another lesson on not trusting convictions. 42,000 pages of undisclosed evidence

Another chapter about rigged prosecutions ending in a death sentence. The blame lies with DAs and the police. A new DA led to this new review. https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-da-larry-krasner-exoneration-christopher-williams-theophalis-wilson-20200106.html

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Forensics: Another lesson on not trusting convictions. 42,000 pages of undisclosed evidence

Another chapter about rigged prosecutions ending in a death sentence. The blame lies with DAs and the police. A new DA led to this new review. https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-da-larry-krasner-exoneration-christopher-williams-theophalis-wilson-20200106.html

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#Forensics: Looking at the legal barriers to prove innocence. A bad defense lawyer cost me six years of freedom. I’m still waiting on my appeal 12 years later.

Chandra Bozelko explains why so many ineffective counsel appeals fail, even when they seemingly ought to succeed. — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/bad-defense-lawyer-cost-me-six-years-freedom-i-m-ncna1094306

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#Forensics: Errors in fingerprinting matches get some air time. Training and low standards a major focus.

One major issue in the fingerprinting world is how court testimony of these experts can mislead juries to expect mis-matches never occur. https://theintercept.com/2019/11/29/fingerprint-examination-proficiency-test-forensic-science/

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