Tag Archives: crime labs

A “discrepant” view on flawed forensics leading to later exonerations – bitemarks at al.

A mighty effort by someone connected to the National Institute of Justice to blend ‘forward thinking’ about science and better crime lab management improving the reliability of criminal convictions. The author uses a blend of data that minimizes how many … Continue reading

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Looking at your cellphone for spit, sweat, cosmetics, and DNA

Running labs test on personal items retrieved from crime scenes. None of these can indicate time of occurrence. Obviously will be used to influence confessions and plea deals. The only true biological “identifier” would be DNA. https://www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/evidence/trace/Pages/forensic-identification-using-individual-chemical-signatures.aspx   No high … Continue reading

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DNA taking law enforcement into all our lives – Is it unfettered invasion of privacy?

CODIS has More ID information than [once] believed – Scientists Find This open access research paper is explained in the following commentaries: Laboratory Equipment News Stanford Medicine  Stanford News   

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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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Genetic ‘Stop and Frisk’ not such of a magic bullet after all – Familial DNA issues

  It seems that most police sciences get validated (at least some do) AFTER the cops start using it. While DNA profiling is considered the ‘gold standard’ for identification (not DNA mixtures, however),  this run-up to its use as a … Continue reading

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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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A short look at what the Feds don’t like about Science and Forensics

The application of measurement (metrology) science is well established in the basic sciences. In essence it is the collection of physical data and the study of best methods to improve precision of methods. This paper has a well known fingerprint … Continue reading

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Microorganisms at crime scene to Identify PPL?

Can you imagine collecting this info at a Chuck e Cheese crime scene? OMG. As usual, “detection outstrips interpretation” according to @maxmhouck. $600 thousand NIJ grant. 

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The cost of Austin crime lab failure reaches $6.5 – $14 million estimates

Regardless of the politicians assurances, this taxpayer cost will surely go up to  include whatever additional legal costs that occur over the propose next five years. Its 12 years worth of crime lab cases. So far, no one has blamed … Continue reading

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“Claw-like” skull fracture matching shows up at retrial for murder

Besides the shape of the skull breakage, there are defense claims that the crime scene recovery and storage of DNA was botched. The state claims a fall down stairs is not what killed her. It’s reasons for homicide at Peterson’s … Continue reading

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