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Objections and questions on the feds taking over total management of US forensic science standards

Date:  March 14, 2017 Re:  Comments Concerning Proposed Office of Forensic Science within the DOJ To: AAFS Board of Directors From the following AAFS Jurisprudence Section members: Peter Neufeld Barry Scheck Christine Funk Hon. Christopher Plourd Hon. Pam King Hon. … Continue reading

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Fifty years of teaching Scientific Forensics in US Law Schools – More is needed

Forensics and criminal law are subjects that are increasingly being included in mainstream legal training in the US. There are prestigious law schools that have risen to the challenges that, to some of us, seems obvious. Major changes have occurred … Continue reading

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Already in use in Germany, voice recognition software ID’s a person’s ethnicity?

Need some tips about the excessive hope in digital comparisons of a person’s language dialect? This has been going on in the EU for years. Linguist’s now use it for their opinions on refugee status. Who tests them for reliability? … Continue reading

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Turnaround times for rape kit testing are abysmal – Crime labs Forensics overloaded with drugs

Here’s a look at police crime labs around the US abilities to produce timely rape kit testing. One might infer that DNA testing of other crimes and the ‘war on drugs’ has sapped funding capabilities. I don’t hear the US … 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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Prosecutors knowingly screw things up after crime lab scandal tests their ethics

Nothing is more poignant than to talk to and read about exonerees who had to put up with malingering prosecutors who live their lives as if wrongful convictions do not exist. One might consider this California prosecutor the poster child for … Continue reading

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National Registry of Exonerations makes big plans for its’ future at UC Irvine

Thursday marked the official transfer of location of the NRE to the UC Irvine (CA) Newkirk Center for Science and Society. Here are a series of live streaming presentations that represent the purpose and future plans for the NRE. It … Continue reading

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Its time for AAFS members to wake up and respond to this US #Forensic legislation

The AAFS [American Academy of Forensic Science: http://www.aafs.org%5D previously requested comments whether it should support the new legislation proposed by consortium of forensic science organizations (CFSO) creating an office of forensic science within the Department of Justice, within the Center … Continue reading

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Forensics Wednesday: ‘we may have to police the police ourselves’ – and other stuff

Being poor keeps innocent people in jail and generally ruins lives of many who are not accused of serious crimes. Missouri’s underfunded public defender office forces the poor to languish in jail https://interc.pt/2lThu4T by @chronic_jordan. But the @JusticeDept  Sessions tells LEOs … 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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