Tag Archives: American Academy of Forensic Science

Forensics: The result of bs bitemark opinions. Man execution 15 years on death row for killing daughter is scheduled.

I know this case. There were 3 suspects. All had adult teeth which were incredibly similar. A Texas ABFO dentist claimed he could differentiate the defendant Bourgeois from the other 2. The skin patterns were distorted and wildly Photoshopped. The … Continue reading

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Forensics: Autopsy facts and causation assessment of George Floyd’s murder

Here is a set by step eval by Judy Melinek MD. Don’t listen to the talking heads posing as pathology experts. https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/working-stiff/86913

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Forensic retaliation: Coronavirus Russia: Infected forensics expert falls to death brings total count to 3 female doctors dead and one male with brain injuries.

The obvious linkage is their public comments to the press about the pandemic. The one still living was coerced to recant immediately after regaining consciousness. Tragic and classic example of why Trump emulates the Russian totalitarian leader. Lt Col Natalya … Continue reading

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Forensics: Dundee and Glasgow take a look at the bitemarkers

Let’s see if prosecutors and the judiciary get the gumption and honesty to see this as the death knell for bitemark flim flam. Congrats to the Scots and Open Access publishing! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00414-019-02163-5

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#Forensics: #DNA STR MIXture takes a hit in its expanding use by FBI and other police crime labs.

From DNA expert Dan Krane (thanks to Gil Sapir). STRMix was found to be inadmissible in an important federal case ( Gissantaner ) out of the Western District of Michigan last week.  Its implications for STRMix (and the FBI’s increasing … Continue reading

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Forensics: Forensic Dental ageing expert claims his claims of “science” shouldn’t be the only method. Why use it at all?

For years, these dentists have inappropriate claims of high percentages of accuracy to their adult versus juvenile ageing methods which they present in US immigration courts. This WaPo article summarizes how the federal controlled courts and prosecutors continue to use … Continue reading

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Forensics: Revealing the effects of politics tainting forensic science

The sociology of police crime labs is thoroughly disclosed in this short article. Max Houck recognizes the 10 year old NAS Report and he offers some improvements. Tell that to the USDOJ. Again. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X19300853

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Forensics: Hearings | Hearings & Legislation | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

Hearings | Hearings & Legislation | House Committee on Science, Space and Technology — Read on science.house.gov/hearings/raising-the-bar-progress-and-future-needs-in-forensic-science Best minds in the business. Mostly female. Quite nice.

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Looking at a Revolution? Getting Forensics Out of Law Enforcement

Many reform ideas in this series of Q&A to forensic and legal experts by the WaPo’s Radley Balko. All are logical and very practical. Prosecutors must be gagging. Here is a quote: Chris Fabricant, the Innocence Project Easiest reform: Eliminate … Continue reading

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Flawed forensics and weak-kneed judges. Boilerplate arson experts, of course, claim absolute accuracy. A judge buys it

The judge below is a good guy, the Honorable Harry T. Edwards. Just another chapter in how judges can’t get away from looking at changes and evolution in forensics (this time its fire science) in the most restrictive sense via … Continue reading

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