Criminal law: Asylum-seeker takes her own life, New York City mayor says

An unidentified asylum seeker died in a suicide in a New York City shelter on Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams said Monday.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/asylum-seeker-takes-life-new-york-city-mayor-says-rcna48351

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Forensics: ‘The numbers kept going’: the forensic office identifying human remains at the border | Mexico |

Amid a shortage of forensic pathologists, Arizona’s Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner has identified thousands of those who lost their lives in the Borderlands

This piece is co-published with High Country News

— Read on www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/arizona-migrants-remains-border-forensics

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Forensics: Horror of the Ukraine war: Izium bodies show signs of torture and execution | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent

Over 400 people are being recovered from shallow graves outside the town of Izium, Ukraine. DW’s Emmanuelle Chaze visited the horrific scene and spoke to investigators, who believe war crimes took place there.
— Read on www.dw.com/en/ukraine-war-izium-bodies-show-signs-of-torture-and-execution/a-63163444

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Forensics: Woman whose rape DNA led to her arrest sues San Francisco

A rape victim whose DNA from her sexual assault case was used by San Francisco police to arrest her in an unrelated property crime on Monday filed a lawsuit against the city.
— Read on m.startribune.com/woman-whose-rape-dna-led-to-her-arrest-sues-san-francisco/600206222/

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Forensics: 6th largest ever. Brooklyn DA to toss 378 convictions in ‘mass exoneration’

The effort is “the sixth largest mass dismissal of convictions in U.S. history,” the DA’s office said.
— Read on www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/09/07/brooklyn-da-to-toss-378-convictions

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Forensics: Legal hypocrisy exists. Innocence is not Enough to Avoid Execution

On December 8, 2021, Brunn W. Roysden, III asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the State of Arizona to execute an innocent man.
— Read on www.laprogressive.com/

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Forensics: Diversity Issues: Forensic Scientists are Whiter Than Communities They Serve

Unless there is greater diversity in the field, much of the technology being developed  will continue to ignore the impacts on people of color, according to a new report.
— Read on thecrimereport.org/2022/09/08/study-forensic-scientists-are-whiter-than-communities-they-serve/

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Forensics: Ive never seen a bitemark like this. Obviously a fake. Armie Hammer Documentary Removes Bite Mark Pic, Viewers Think It’s A Tattoo

Discovery+’s new series “House of Hammer” is removing an alleged image of a bite mark after viewers believed it was actually an image of a tattoo.
— Read on www.tmz.com/2022/09/07/armie-hammer-docuseries-remove-bite-mark-tattoo-house-hammer/

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Forensics: Debunking “Excited delerium.” Prone restraint cardiac arrest in in‐custody and arrest‐related deaths – Weedn – 2022 – Journal of Forensic Sciences –

Prone restraint cardiac arrest in in‐custody and arrest‐related deaths – Weedn – 2022 – Journal of Forensic Sciences – Wiley Online Library
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1556-4029.15101

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Forensics: Zealot-advocates of Shaken baby syndrome use Dodgy science send parents to jail

Yah Velena B!! The criminal justice system is targeting caregivers based on flawed science. That needs to stop.
— Read on www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/9/7/shaken-baby-syndrome-dodgy-science-is

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