Tag Archives: Bad forensic science

#CA12 Bill Richards sues San Bernardino as its DA controls state compensation board

Bill Richards also has years of medical neglect and medical malpractice by the California Department of Corrections and ‘Rehabilitation’ to deal with in addition to the incarceration compensation. Getting restitution from the state compensation board can still be  a non-starter and only allows … Continue reading

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Hair and Bite Marks back in the News as “Worst Forensic Evidence”

‘Junk forensic science’ topics continue to show up in the media in conjunction with the growing numbers of overturned convictions assisted by forensic experts. See: The Registry of Exonerations. Here’s a couple of recent articles.  The first talks about the … Continue reading

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Forensics: Junk arson ‘science’ leads to conviction, prison, then a coverup plea bargain

From @LilianaSegura. She spent two years on this and it’s worth the ‘long read.’ “How junk arson science convicted a mother of killing her own daughters.” https://theintercept.com/2017/03/05/did-angela-garcia-kill-her-own-daughters-arson-cover-up/

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Forensics Today – The rise of the ‘I don’t care’ response to forensic science reform

When forensic reform was trending The Obama-era Commission on Forensic Science just finished its proposals for better over sight on forensics by the Executive branch in the form of an Office on Forensic Science.  It’s been under development back to Obama’s … Continue reading

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Familiar? Another bitemark conviction getting a DNA-based look after 16 years

Forensic science is not immune to the need for retesting and consideration of its’ flawed methods -Anon The number of exonerations in the US is probably going to increase with the addition of ‘new DNA technology’ evidence recovered from a … Continue reading

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Right to confront prosecution forensic expert now costs defendants $600

NC hates to send their forensic lab experts to court to attest to their labwork and experience the joy of cross-examination. That’s since Melendez- Diaz happened in 2009. It threw crime lab techs into court to authenticate and defend their … Continue reading

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#Forensics scandal – Reinstated Scottish fingerprint expert gets the boot – again

Is there a common source for these prints? Shirley McKie was and maybe still is, a fingerprint detective with a Scottish police agency. In the late 90’s she was part of a murder investigation that centered on identifying the man … Continue reading

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Is this ‘fixing’ forensic science? Judge says police crime lab ‘blew it’

In a manner of speaking a judge said that in Boston….. It was that damned news media using that phrase, not the government agency that messed this up. Here is a prime example what is wrong about not requiring police … Continue reading

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Course syllabus for detecting science frauds, jerks and poseurs among us

Sherlock would be proud. Take the time to read down this U of Washington course outline on “bullshit” detection in academia and society in general. The online class is closed but plans for expansion are promised. New article from StatNews. … Continue reading

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Bitemarkers double-down with a “pay-to-play” membership drive #AAFS2017

The on-going American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans is a wealth of information on how its varied membership and disciplines manage their little fiefdoms every year. The bitemarkers (American Board of Forensic Odontology) membership numbers are dwindling. … Continue reading

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