Tag Archives: American Academy of Forensic Science

Forensics: Jack the Ripper and “clothing matching” = Looking at professional advancement despite “ubiquitous” reliability

In the shadow of the recent Jack the Ripper mtDNA fiasco, here is another. Apparently all our Levis’ pants seams and buttons are unique or something close to it according to one guy at the FBI. He gets a pass … Continue reading

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Forensics: USING STATISTICS LIKE A DRUNKARD USES A LAMP POST; FOR SUPPORT NOT ILLUMINATION

Awesome read: Forensic/Science Accuracy . This is a British Commonwealth legal review of forensic expertism. Many nuggets of prior cases and judge-like opines are presented. The article also appreciates the contribution of US law profs Risinger, Saks, and Thompson’s activities … Continue reading

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“Making Forensics Unsafe” – Again its the FBI pattern matchers.

(Image credit: ProPublica) This has a familiar ring to it. More or less it is the “I can see it, even if you can’t” brand of accepted “scientific” testimony. This is the path of other forensic innovators who single-handedly advance … Continue reading

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Judging The Value of Forensic Evidence | Inside Science

A legal eagle (judge) says judges are a “quick study” about science. Thats still not science. Their messed up case decisions serve as proof. Some prosecutors take advantage. (Inside Science) — According to Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, at … Continue reading

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Forensics: The tip of the iceberg of Trump’s shutdown. Declined attendance at Forensic Conferences like the AAFS

(photo credits: Forensic Magazine). The American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting is next month in Baltimore. The AAFS has a large percentage of crime labbers, students, and related government forensics-types who use the week-long meetings for education, networking, and … Continue reading

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Forensics: More of the usual police rush to do their own DNA testing without Validating the “Black Box.”

Another short piece of “WTF” about law enforcement over-zealous main line adoption of their in-house “novel” methods. Precautions cast aside are: “Yet as recent coverage of the police rollout of these devices makes clear, the advent of Rapid DNA introduces … Continue reading

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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. — Read on http://www.cbs19news.com/content/news/Exonerated-man-testifies-for-forensic-science-bill-504840491.html Bitemarks leads … Continue reading

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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 — Read on http://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna961256 Good look at the shutdown of scientific progress in police forensics by the powers in control of the labs and criminal … Continue reading

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

“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. Grits for Breakfast legal blog The timeline of getting  TX courts … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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