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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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DNA swabs during arrest not expunged and survive to skew database stats

DNA collected at arrest often not removed from crime databases for those not convicted “Once you enter the system, you can never leave……” http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/08/dna_collected_at_arrest_often_not_removed_from_crime_databases_for_those_not_convicted.html

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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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Reversal of Conviction started Statute of Limitations for Federal Wrongful Claim?

Sent back for a new trial after being released from prison because of prosecutorial  misconduct, the defendant gets barred from suing the prosecutor and cops over his original incarceration. Judge dismisses wrongful imprisonment suit against former Blount County prosecutor and detective … Continue reading

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Fours years of suspicion and interrogations, film-maker excluded by better DNA Testing

Here is the 48 Hours look at Michael Usry Carol Dodge as having become prime suspects in a cold murder case from Idaho. Ancestry.com had something to do with it, of course.  Here is what just came out from the … 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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When Science turned Criminal Investigating on it’s Head – Jeffreys and DNA

DNA EVIDENCE FREES THE INNOCENT A time-line look at how science brought independent verification to police ‘science.’ From that came wrongful convictions showing up decades of police and prosecutorial infallibility. http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/18/dna-evidence-frees-the-innocen In another glowing example of infallible arrogance, USDOJ boss … Continue reading

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Public attitude toward government crime labs may be dwindling.

This is not a theme that shows up in any law enforcement or prosecutor-driven media within the US. That goes for the @IAI,  @NDAAjustice or the USDOJ  The National Review The Crisis in America’s Crime Labs. a spin-off of the above titled: … Continue reading

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