Forensics and Law: Lack of scientific concerns shows its ugly head in the US Supreme Court

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Take a look at this short op-ed about how the highest US court handles junk police forensics. This time the subject is dog sniffing dogs as probable cause for the police to ransack your house. Lawyers need more Science 101 in their training. Unfortunately, they only learn about “stare decisis.” (AKA: don’t change from the past).

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Forensics: Police Discover Oregon Cold Case Killer Was Executed By Texas In 1999.

A striking example of how serial murderers cross the country killing their victims. It also clarifies how nationwide genealogy DNA databases connect police departments separated geographically and the inadequacies of the US federal CODIS system.

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The fascinating backstory of the periodic table, which is about to turn 150 years old – Los Angeles Times

Scientists around the world will be celebrating the 150th birthday of the periodic table this week. Here’s the backstory of how the table came together.
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Finally. Something I remember from high school.

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Clear evidence why the innocent stay in jail: The jumble of legalisms from judges

“At the heart of the matter is the role of reviewing courts. We all are taught in high school about how the system of appellate review in this country is supposed to weed out mistakes at trial. But over time, the system has devolved to the point where it tolerates, even encourages, unjust results. With one piece of legislation, Georgia could make it easier for defendants like Gates to establish their right to a new trial. Eliminate the need for a defendant to prove the new evidence “probably” would have generated a different result. Redefine what “due diligence” means where, as in Gates’s case, prosecutors or police are hiding evidence.”

More worthless legal excuses used against justice

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How corruption in forensic science is harming the criminal justice system

Forensic science is only as good as the equipment and the people who calibrate it, some high-profile cases indicate. Thousands of innocent people have been harmed. Here’s how.
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Forensic misconduct is a real event. The police crime lab consortium takes little notice and denies innocent defendants populate US prisons.

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Exonerated man testifies for forensic science bill

A bill to help people wrongfully convicted by flawed forensic science is under consideration in Virginia, helped by a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Bitemarks leads the list of junk science in proposed Virginia bill to expand criminal conviction appeals. Only California and Texas have similar protections. The federal system totally ignores the damage produced from forensic quacks and exaggerators.

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Probative Value of Forensic Science Conclusions Should be Based on Empirical Data, Not Subjective Impressions

The misapplication of forensic science is a contributing factor in 45% of the 362 wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence.
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Tell this to all your dentists who do bitemark comparisons. They refuse to admit any of this.

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‘We are going backward’: How the justice system ignores science in the pursuit of convictions

‘We are going backward’: How the justice system ignores science in the pursuit of convictions
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Good look at the shutdown of scientific progress in police forensics by the powers in control of the labs and criminal justice in the US. The resistance is froom the police and prosecutors.

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Forensics: The timeline of battling junk forensics in the Texas courts – lessons learned – all from bitemarks

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“Grits” runs us the story on the enormous effort undertaken in Texas to teach judges and prosecutors that bitemarks are the spawn of the alchemists and soothsayers among us.

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The timeline of getting  TX courts to include “junk forensics” as legitimate grounds for appeal.

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Forensics: Texas becomes the first State to call bitemarks “junk science.”

As usual in these innocence cases, it took decades to overcome the inequities of flawed and exaggerated forensic experts. In this case, Steven Chaney is has been finally  declared “actually innocent” and will receive $2.5 million for his decades in prison. The bitemarkers who still sing their practices of “matching” patterns in human skin were hoisted on  their own petard by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Court reaffirmed the findings of the 2009 NAS Report and numerous real scientists which rejected their years of posing as “dental scientists.”

Here is the CCA holding on bitemarks. Chaney CCA

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