Tag Archives: Bad forensic science

DNA rape kits left to rot in TX crime lab

Authorities promise no damage was one. Makes one wonder about any other biological evidence misdeeds lurking in the weeds. CSI never shows this side of police forensics. https://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-memo-mold-found-containers-about-850-austin-police-rape-kits/qEZ7rV5h3gnrcJPdJtMhjM/ http://kxan.com/2017/06/27/mold-found-on-hundreds-of-apd-dna-samples/ http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/06/27/nearly-850-austin-police-rape-kits-found-with-mold.html

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Taking hair comparisons to task in AZ – Should be 100’s of cases

In another whack at the Jeff Sessions version of the inviolate status of police ‘forensics’, this article brings to light, a coalition of AZ crime labbers, DAs, the appellate court and a post-conviction org. It’s obvious that there is some … Continue reading

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Million dollar expert brain guy gets whacked in Las Vegas

  Judges do understand the “hired gun” aspects of expert witnessing. A insurance defense motivated neurosurgeon must have used too many boiler plate testimonies in their courts. They threw him out on his ear. One judge reviewed 371 of his … Continue reading

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Cloudy behavior of FL DNA labber causes a thunderstorm in hundreds of cases

The “interpretation” disputes on DNA blood mixtures is not going away. “Yet the allegations against Tracey [DNA guy] have only added fuel to the crime lab controversy, which had already forced prosecutors to tell defendants in about 2,000 closed cases … Continue reading

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Ontario drug lab scandal broadens into total review of its forensic system

Teeth have nothing to do with this story of forensic scandal. Unfortunately, no US government agency deems it necessary to review 40 years of junk bitemark opinions. Canada is looking at its crime labs. Drug testing from hair and blood … 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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Crime labber ‘scientist’ hides DNA specimens for years – Other news too

This new case indicates a total failure of in-house management regarding what comes into and out of their police owned crime lab. Abject proof that criminal prosecutors’ track record at responding to flawed and fraudulent forensic science is terrible. At … Continue reading

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The ‘totality of indicators’ in DUI arrests passes for ‘science’ to Georgia traffic stops

Another example of police using untested or flawed field sobriety ‘testing’ when accurate drug tests do not exist. Total crap. Innocent folks get jail time, fines, license revocation before DAs drop charges.  

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UK outsourced forensic testing appears to be a flop – 6000 cases suspect

  Police say scores of convictions may be overturned because of the suspected manipulation of forensic tests at a private laboratory in Manchester. James Vaughan, the national police lead for forensic outsourcing, said two employees of the testing services company … Continue reading

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When defendants have to do their own evidence collection: in the police lab.

All of this is going on within an ASCLD certified police crime lab.  In Louisiana,of course. The Innocence Project and the Baton Rouge District Attorney battle over how far the Innocence Project can go to locate evidence that may exonerate a … Continue reading

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