Early look at recognition and retrieval of hands and fingers using vacuum metal deposition.
A brand new juried paper in @ScienceDirect on a 235 case metadata look at the evidentiary contents of “unsafe” convictions in Wales, and England. “Unsafe” is a Brit legal term that parallels “wrongful conviction” which is used in the US.
The authors’ compilation of multi-factors includes forensics and, besides having an exemplary list of references (many from the US), should be considered strikingly similar to prior efforts at compiling empirical data on errors within Criminal Justice systems in the US and abroad.
Or, it may be just another part of the so-called conspiracy of criminal defense lawyers and LS profs who want to undermine public safety in order to reap millions of $$.
Here’s a short list of these prosecutorial-related naysayers producing Fake News that forensics is immune to faults, quacks, and fools.
Much like using the 1978 revelation that bitemarks “convicted” serial killer Ted Bundy, this September 12th, 2017 article tracks the origins of another forensic myth still in effect in sexual offender punishment masquerading as “therapy’ in Wisconsin.
Talking about the “CSI Effect” of “perfect matching” versus the science-lacking truth in use in reality. My bitemark buddies are prominant cast members.
Broke and no ID. The unsung generosity of the Innocence Network comes to the surface once again.
Rather than getting government and public assistance if he had been guilty, this exonerated man just got released after 15 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted. Onto the street. Probably at night.
Also as usual, the defense team who fought for his freedom take on the task of taking care of him.
This is disgusting neglect and is repeatedly the case in the US and other nations. (This next link has some annoying pop-ups.)
Specialized nursing training to provide care for victims of violent crime and forensic investigations. On-the-job training is not sufficient. If you can believe it, some police agencies train officers to collect biological evidence from patients. Unbelieveable. They’re called Phleboto-Cops.
Here is the recent outrageous police union response to the Utah ER nurse arrest by a cop who is (uhh, was) a phlebot0-cop within the hospital.
Scroll down for the Duquesne U infographic.
The area of police investigating digital evidence used one company’s proprietary cracking program and staff at the peak of their success. Until the police took the program public and put it on the Internet.
Another story about lazy forensics sending defendants to the death chamber. DNA testing be damned, the police ‘science’ creates a unique match.
By Jordan Smith
Using digital record keeping of the fingerprint characters observed during a comparison certainly exceeds what the bitemarkers have in their “guidelines.” Most case law allowing bitemarks into courts have the dentists declaring that bitemarks are like fingerprints.
Usually all they do is talk about gaps between teeth and tooth chips being “unique.” Adding to that, customarily they never takes “notes” and avoid doing measurement methods available since 2000.
This should be required reading in forensic courses and law schools. Even if the @NDAAJustice DAs lack the academic capacity to understand some of it, they should read it too. In 22 pages, it provides a contemporary forensic history lesson, and critical thinking coaching on the definitions and details forensic science advance. It is co-equal in time and context with the NAS Report on Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States (2009) which the AAFS BOD recently reiterated its support.
Saks and Koehler (2009) Individuation Fallacy in Forensic Science Evidence SSRN-id1432516
PS, I’m honored to have been cited in both the NAS Report_Odontology: pages 173-177 and Saks and Koehler (footnotes 77 and 88).