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Canadian wrongful conviction file totals 85 – funding diminishing

Innocence Canada struggling for funding for wrongfully convicted cases ‘I’m always frustrated with how long it takes us to do cases, in any event, but this is going to slow us down even more.’ A Newfoundland man who helps free … Continue reading

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Ballistics on the hot seat as being “too subjective” in final opinions

The premise in ballistics is that all these casings might be considered “unique.” This  “new look” at ballistics from the Aaron Hernandez conviction is similar to the back and forth decades-long argument against the now debunked “hair matching” in four … Continue reading

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Controversial use of familial DNA searches helps lead to finds in cold cases

A broader look at familial DNA use within criminal investigations. Some good, some bad. What appears in all examples, is that ‘presumptions’ of guilt can be incorrect and send prosecutors off in the wrong direction. What’s also apparent is that … Continue reading

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Forensic Scientist Newsletter – NY Legal Aid Society

  Subscribe to the DNA Newsletter for the latest on forensic news Thousands of Texas DWI convictions could be tainted after it was discovered that one of the state’s top forensic analysts had mixed up blood samples and gave inaccurate testimony … Continue reading

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Big blowup in FLA about ‘secret’ STRmix DNA software program

Broward county is having some crime lab problems. Some damned whistleblower got to the damned journalists. A commercially (hence private) software program for mixed blood samples isn’t helping too much either. This Google search on ‘mixed DNA litigation’ brings up … Continue reading

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Forensics: Accusing a crime lab of planting evidence, innocent man executed in CA, +++more

News Miner: Eberhart: Fairbanks Four deserve compensation… Arkansas Online: Faulty science gains 2 Arkansas convicts new trials… Los Angeles Times (editorial): California has executed 13 men since reviving the death penalty. Was one of them innocent?… Detroit Free Press: Lawyer … Continue reading

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Forensics and Criminal Law Potpourri – Some good stuff about innocence, arson, exon $$

From the Center for Wrongful Convictions’ Friday blog. Boston Herald: Arson evidence under fire… The St. Louis American: Exoneree George Allen Jr. passes away, mother is raising funds for funeral… The Daily Progress: State treasurer seeks guidance in paying Beatrice 6 … Continue reading

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Parsing the error rates a judge found acceptable for a “ballistic similarity” = “identification”

The war of words about what is ‘reliable’ about forensic opinions is getting stretched and compressed depending on the source of comment. The fingerprint corp called the IAI  had its’ president put a 3/4 page blast out about his ‘standing’ … Continue reading

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Messed up DNA testing fixed after 24 years in prison; Lazy ballistics

Wisconsin man exonerated and released from prison after 24 years after Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office found lab analyst made errors in original 1992 DNA analysis report (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) A new study shows that PredPol, a predictive policing software … Continue reading

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Sketchy police use of body cameras; LEO use of predictive crime software biased and useless

NYPD has yet to outfit any of their officers with body cameras despite a 2013 federal court ruling that ordered the implementation of a body camera pilot program in at least 5 NYPD precincts: “Envisioned as a tool to bolster … Continue reading

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