Tag Archives: Bad forensic science

Thanks to Drs Janice Klimm and Rick Cardoza – Taking Care of Bill Richards’ Smile After 23 yrs in prison

Bill Richards was arrested for the murder of his wife Pamela in 1993 and eventually convicted in 1997 after three trials in California’s San Bernardino County. A linchpin for his last trial was testimony by two forensic dentists who talked … Continue reading

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Taking Police #Forensic Labs to task – “Incompetent or Worse” LCN DNA testing

Los Angeles Crime Lab messes up a rape test. 10 trillionths of a gram of genetic material can put you in jail.  It took LA Senior Public Defender Sam Leonard 17 months to get to the truth. “If this is incompetence, it’s … Continue reading

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Lab supervisors and accreditors of Annie Doohkan need a serious talking to – Incredible

This all started in 2012. Annie has been in and out of prison. 21,500 cases dismissed. The only problem is that she had been working since 2003. It began with lab managers performing incompetent vetting as she lied about just … Continue reading

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Honorable Christopher Plourd gets a position on the OSAC Forensic Governing Board

Judge Plourd has been a distinctive opponent of bitemark ‘matching’ going back to the exoneration of Ray Krone (AZ) (first pic), Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer (MS) (second pic). As a criminal defense attorney he engineered a sting operation posing as an … Continue reading

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Prosecutors as science policy makers are now ABOVE the Science – Summary of Responses

Here’s a summary of MSM responses to the Republican establishment of a State recognized forensic science industry. Sessions appointment of an ‘advisory panel’ on police forensics will surely be a stunning array of mostly police trained flunkies. Jeff Session wants … Continue reading

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Here we go again. Police Chief takes on problems in his Forensics DNA lab

Chief Hank Stawinski (above) is getting outside auditing help for his county crime lab. This article seems to say that an employee of his had previously been working at the Austin TX crime lab that was shut down last year. … Continue reading

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Progressive DAs get backlash from their “lock-em-up” peers like Michael Ramos

District Attorney Aramis D. Ayala of Orlando, FL is getting targeted for realizing that the death penalty is only in play in 0.01% of her criminal cases and is much too expensive to pursue. Elected Senior Prosecutors and police chiefs … Continue reading

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Leading Australian state DNA analyst seems to be in a bit of a pickle

This one article ( from a large collection) about a very senior Western Australia DNA prosecutorial lab DNA scientist raises a bunch of questions on his decades long case work. Here are some key comments: State’s leading DNA expert sacked. … Continue reading

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Bitemark pattern used to overturn case against New Orleans defendant

Once again, an ABFO dentist uses bitemark patterns to persuade a judge that there is  ‘science’ behind skin injuries and tooth comparisons. This time is to say the defendant’s teeth “didn’t match.” A new trial was ordered. http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_49cb7944-13fe-11e7-8dc6-9fe2d1aa4f30.html  

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Florida ‘dog sniffing’ police ‘science’ cases ignored by DAs and CJ system

Nothing seems more outlandish than dogs being use to track down criminals and being used as eye witnesses to a defendant’s guilt. Read this story about multiple cases of conviction added by another police ‘science.’ I would add another example … Continue reading

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