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Forensic Imaging and Comparison Debate Centers on Expertise of Objects in the Image

A lawyer in the UK takes on an important aspect of forensics. The discussion is a bit  nebulous, and focuses on the topic of people identifying objects and people captured on digital media. I suppose old fashioned crime scene photography … Continue reading

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Forensics: The Attack of the Bite Mark Matchers Revisited

Recent civil litigation regarding Robert Lee Stinson suing for compensation for his years in prison as an innocent man. Once again, its all about bitemarks. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/26/prosecutor-dentists-swayed-him-gut-feeling-suspect-innocent/1561073001/ A broader look at the effects of scientifically inadequate bitemark opinions. (2015) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/02/18/attack-of-the-bite-mark-matchers-2/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7d3a7afc5aa2

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Forensics: The tip of the iceberg of Trump’s shutdown. Declined attendance at Forensic Conferences like the AAFS

(photo credits: Forensic Magazine). The American Academy of Forensic Science annual meeting is next month in Baltimore. The AAFS has a large percentage of crime labbers, students, and related government forensics-types who use the week-long meetings for education, networking, and … Continue reading

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Forensics: Police Discover Oregon Cold Case Killer Was Executed By Texas In 1999.

A striking example of how serial murderers cross the country killing their victims. It also clarifies how nationwide genealogy DNA databases connect police departments separated geographically and the inadequacies of the US federal CODIS system. https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2019/02/police-discover-oregon-cold-case-killer-was-executed-texas-1999?et_cid=6595071&et_rid=498417758&type=cta&et_cid=6595071&et_rid=498417758&linkid=https%3a%2f%2fwww.forensicmag.com%2fnews%2f2019%2f02%2fpolice-discover-oregon-cold-case-killer-was-executed-texas-1999%3fet_cid%3d6595071%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dcta

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Forensics: The timeline of battling junk forensics in the Texas courts – lessons learned – all from bitemarks

“Grits” runs us the story on the enormous effort undertaken in Texas to teach judges and prosecutors that bitemarks are the spawn of the alchemists and soothsayers among us. Grits for Breakfast legal blog The timeline of getting  TX courts … Continue reading

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Forensics: Over a million forensic hair cases need to be reviewed in Virgina

This story reveals that the obstacles and reluctance to review convictions aided by junk sciences can be overcome. State by state. Too bad the bitemarker bunch (http://www.abfo.org ) refuse to make good their promises to do this in Texas. A … Continue reading

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Forensics: Another example of Cop run DNA lab running against a forensic expert calling their “testing” unreliable.

Don’t ever think that police don’t exert terrific influence over supposed “independent” offices run by forensic pathologists and forensic scientists. This story started in 2016 when a NYC senior ME kicked back on an in-house DNA “experiment” that went into … Continue reading

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Forensics: Unscientific, biased and exaggerated dental ageing in use by dentists hired by ICE

The subject of using the highly variable shapes of wisdom teeth to age asylum seeking immigrants claiming to be minors has been a recent topic of investigative reporters in the US and elsewhere in the world. Here’s how ICE sent … Continue reading

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Forensics: The Psychology and Sociology of Wrongful Convictions

A multidisciplinary academic review of: Key Features Increases the courts’ knowledge about areas of psychology that have been debunked, have advanced, or have been refined by the scientific community Covers issues in psychological forensics, namely: Profiling, Psychological Defenses, Mitigation, Eyewitness … Continue reading

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Forensics: Police infiltrating commercial DNA labs in 100s of manhunts

DNA Data From 100 Crime Scenes Has Been Uploaded To A Genealogy Website — Just Like The Golden State Killer https://www.buzzfeed.com/peteraldhous/parabon-genetic-genealogy-cold-cases?utm_term=.xvoZq8dMRa#.ds4w6gYQNl

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