Tag Archives: American Academy of Forensic Science

#IAFS Police forensic testing bodes poorly for future police control of “rapid DNA”

Police in house testing requires adherence to fundamental scientific procedures. In this case, it is about DUI (OUI) testing in Massachusetts. Police are all over advancing into police station DNA testing with “magic boxes.” “He said he compared documents provided … Continue reading

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DOJ certifies Junk ‘science’ as……….”standard, trusted, reliable”

Try this for Dep AG Rosenstein painting forensics with a very broad brush. This would never work in the health science community, but that’s obviously of no concern to the lawyers running forensics for the US Department of Justice. He … Continue reading

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Imwinkelried on Science and Law : Paving the Way for Courts About Junk Forensics

I do not like to use “junk” regarding flawed forensics. Let’s say that “invalidated” forensics is more professional and is easier on the reader. Nevertheless, semantics will not cure State criminal courts from fumbling badly when inmates appeal the misleading … Continue reading

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Public attitude toward government crime labs may be dwindling.

This is not a theme that shows up in any law enforcement or prosecutor-driven media within the US. That goes for the @IAI,  @NDAAjustice or the USDOJ  The National Review The Crisis in America’s Crime Labs. a spin-off of the above titled: … Continue reading

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Science and non-forensic orgs talk about “independent forensic management”

This probably is largely just blowin’ in the wind. tRump seems more interested in personal gain and fame. This is a good overview of the coalescence of science and forensic types occurring since 45 took office. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/science-organizations-renew-call-for-independent-us-committee-on-forensics/2017/06/28/3ab8cdea-5b6a-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.1a1340ebc6dc

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Lamenting leaving courtroom science admissibility to cops and lawyers

“Bite marks is the obvious example. It’s inconceivable to most of us as to how this stuff even continues to be admitted.” – member on the National Commission on Forensic Science.  Here’s  from the US District Attorneys Association (@NDAAJustice ) … Continue reading

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Major US science orgs oppose Sessions cancelling of forensic science commission

The AAAS, ACS and two other groups associated with main-stream science put in their two cents about desiring “independent and transparent” review and monitoring of police forensic research and methods. This will largely prove futile. It is obvious that the … Continue reading

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Pre-Trump advances in forensics published to DAs : All efforts largely muted and moot

Due to the change of ‘command’ to Trump and Sessions, this Victor Weedn (AAFS past president) 7 page white paper on forensics and the efforts of NAS, PCAST, NCFS and OSACs are likely to end up in the DAs Spam … Continue reading

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Forensic Science Commentators to Watch on Twitter – Not the guy in the pic

Just a part of my daily Twitter feed on the battles between politics and the forensic sciences. Radley Balko @radleybalko Washington Post and The Watch journalist guy. The Attack of the Bitemark Matchers.  BettyLayne DesPortes @bldesportes  President of the American Academy … Continue reading

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Progressive DAs get backlash from their “lock-em-up” peers like Michael Ramos

District Attorney Aramis D. Ayala of Orlando, FL is getting targeted for realizing that the death penalty is only in play in 0.01% of her criminal cases and is much too expensive to pursue. Elected Senior Prosecutors and police chiefs … Continue reading

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