Tag Archives: Bad forensic science

Actions of bitemark experts before testimony brings consequences after exoneration

  From a recent Tech Dirt op-ed. “We’ve discussed the junk science masquerading as forensic science in criminal cases. Coming in slightly ahead of chatting with psychics is “bite mark analysis.” According to these so-called experts, each bite mark is just as unique as … Continue reading

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Want to see a ‘positive ID” bitemark pattern?

Here is what was used to convict one defendant as the “only person” who could have made this mark. The defendant has been in prison for decades. then look at this “adjusted” image of the same image right after this … Continue reading

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Chris Fabricant of the IP talks about judges avoiding science in the courtroom

“At some point, we have to acknowledge that precedent has to be overruled by scientific reality.” Some of that science — analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads — … Continue reading

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Forensics and Law for the Week: From the News and Courts in the US

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have published a new study on the development of an algorithm that can determine whether a fingerprint found at a crime scene contains enough information to be uploaded … Continue reading

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DOJ certifies Junk ‘science’ as……….”standard, trusted, reliable”

Try this for Dep AG Rosenstein painting forensics with a very broad brush. This would never work in the health science community, but that’s obviously of no concern to the lawyers running forensics for the US Department of Justice. He … Continue reading

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Holtzclaw case points to the misuse and mis information of DNA evidence

  Add this case to the list of fundamental problems associated with crime lab related determinations of DNA profiling that, as in this case, are misinterpreted in favor of guilt. The alternatives were never brought forth by defense counsel. A … Continue reading

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” Forensic foibles” examined in light of generally uncritical appellate judicial review

    Stare Decisis Is Not Scientific A CAUTIONARY TALE FROM TWO CASES [ Higher courts’ lack of abilities to be scientifically rigorous]…” serves as a road sign as to both where danger lurks should an uncritical court wish to avoid difficult questions, … Continue reading

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Imwinkelried on Science and Law : Paving the Way for Courts About Junk Forensics

I do not like to use “junk” regarding flawed forensics. Let’s say that “invalidated” forensics is more professional and is easier on the reader. Nevertheless, semantics will not cure State criminal courts from fumbling badly when inmates appeal the misleading … Continue reading

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Forensics and Police Science Potpourri – Unfortunately its all bad.

Los Alamos Study Claims Airport Scanners Can Rip Apart & Alter DNA: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/02/19/los-alamos-study-finds-airport-scanners-can-rip-apart-alter-dna/ Kentucky Police Dept. Accused of Fabricating Blood and Hair DNA, Polygraph Results and Eyewitness Testimony: http://www.courthousenews.com/inmates-wrongfully-convicted-satanic-killing-say-cops-fabricated-evidence/ Junk-science crisis in crime labs There is a long-festering systemic crisis in … Continue reading

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Simple Fire Science for Arson Investigators and Courts – by John Lentini

John has waged a very effective movement towards improving arson investigations from their origins as a science lacking high school level quasi police discipline. What Fire Litigators Need to Know in 2017 John’s history on the effects of junk fire … Continue reading

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