Forensics: Good review on judicial weaknesses. Stop Using Junk Science in the Courtroom – The Daily Utah Chronicle

  In 1985, Robert Lee Stinson was convicted of raping and murdering a 63-year-old woman based on so-called expert testimony that his bite matched a mark on the victim’s body. He spent over 23 years in prison but was later exonerated by other DNA evidence. Many people, like Stinson, lose years of life because of…
— Read on dailyutahchronicle.com/2021/05/31/cushman-junk-science-courtroom/

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Forensics: Anthropology. The history and evolution of the Denisovan-EPAS1 haplotype in Tibetans | PNAS

Looking deeper into my ancestry and found this.

The history and evolution of the Denisovan-EPAS1 haplotype in Tibetans | PNAS
— Read on www.pnas.org/content/118/22/e2020803118

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Forensics: INTERPOL unveils new global database to identify missing persons through family DNA

Using cutting-edge technology, I-Familia can help police close cold cases and families to rebuild their lives.
— Read on www.interpol.int/News-and-Events/News/2021/INTERPOL-unveils-new-global-database-to-identify-missing-persons-through-family-DNA

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Pending law to correct wrongful convictions could depend on Missouri attorney general • Missouri

This new law supported by an amicus brief of notable list of ex-judges who realize false convictions exist.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has opposed calls for relief in nearly every wrongful conviction case since 2000.
— Read on missouriindependent.com/2021/06/01/pending-law-to-correct-wrongful-convictions-could-depend-on-missouri-attorney-general/

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Forensics: New Fire Evidence and biased fire report Could Exonerate Man In 1999 Virginia Fire That Killed His Son

New evidence the Virginia Attorney General’s Office has characterized as compelling could prove that a fatal Augusta County fire did not happen the way a jury was told it did more than two decades ago. Ledford is asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to grant a writ of actual innocence to clear his name and free him from a 50- year prison sentence.
— Read on insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/new-evidence-could-exonerate-man-in-1999-virginia-fire-that-killed-his-son

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Forensics: Digital forensics experts prone to bias, study shows | Forensic science | Dror and Sunde tested 53 computer techs

This type of bias is commonly seen in other forensic examinations.

Participants found more or less evidence on hard drive depending on what contextual information they had
— Read on www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/31/digital-forensics-experts-prone-to-bias-study-shows

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Forensics: Where are the bodies of those killed in the Tulsa race massacre? – The Washington Post

Where are the bodies of those killed in the Tulsa race massacre? – The Washington Post
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Forensics: Police objections to new Texas gun laws.

www.huffpost.com/entry/former-houston-police-chief-constitutional-carry_n_60b3e1dee4b06da8bd783771

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Forensics: Emma Faulds murder: How forensic experts traced soil in the tread of muddy boot to catch killer

Emma Faulds murder: How forensic experts traced soil in the tread of muddy boot to catch killer – The Sunday Post
— Read on www.sundaypost.com/fp/emma-faulds-murder-soil-forensic/

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Forensics: Error at NYPD lab that went unchecked for 5 years warrants probe

Police say “no harm no foul.” Defense say false drug testing needs an audit.

Terri Rosenblatt, the supervising attorney of the New York Legal Aid Society’s DNA unit, said in a statement that they looking closely at the error.
— Read on nypost.com/2021/05/28/new-york-legal-aid-society-wants-city-council-to-audit-police-lab/

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