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Crime lab scandals advance to over 10,000 cases and increased investigation of multiple labs

Forensics ‘data manipulation’ may have affected 10000 cases The Guardian An investigation into alleged data manipulation at a forensics laboratory has identified more than 10,000 cases which may have been affected, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Forensic experts started reviewing cases after concerns … Continue reading

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Man’s murder confession spurred by DNA phenotyping mug shot

This case deserves a closer look. Parabon DNA lab did the testing. The method of developing physical traits from DNA samples is a burgeoning business. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/18/ryan-riggs-texas-man-confesses-murder-dna-image/ More discussion on the issues involving these genetic mug shots from the ACLU (American … Continue reading

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“Almost junk forensic science” of blood spatter expertise – Its not as simple as it’s taught in class

Here is a good look at why “forensics” should be considered amateur-hour non-science in many jurisdictions. Article goes within a conviction that had the same cop being the crime evidence collector, analyst, and lead investigator. Much goes wrong in the … Continue reading

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DA agrees to exoneration after 23 years – Kansas has no compensation statute

False eyewitness testimony put him in prison. The DA said original case lacked evidence that now is available. “Nobody thought it would happen this fast.”

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Unsafe toxicology testing goes rampant in the UK – Forensic Regulator on the case

Intentional tampering cases in forensic drug case going beyond the original few hundred originally published. She said: ‘The organisation concerned held accreditation to the appropriate quality standard, but the malpractice was not discovered by the usual quality checks. ‘This raises … Continue reading

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Excellent look at determining homicide versus a staged suicide

Worth a look. A forensic pathologist present AT THE CRIME SCENE testifies in a murder trial on his use of tell-tale bits of info from the death scene. Smart cops called him into the investigation. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

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#Forensics: US Chief Justice gets a short sociology course ‘splained’ to him in public.

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#Forensics: Touch DNA “matching” mistakes and misinterpretations discussed

Locard’s Principle comes into play in this interview with a noted DNA analyst and author. Things like “transference,” and “persistence” of these little molecules create obstacles and pitfalls for their unfettered use in courtrooms and police stations. It is not … Continue reading

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“Probabilities of Identity” from #Forensic Fingerprints get thumbs down from AAAS

The AAAS,  (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) maybe the upcoming opposition to the now Trump-run DOJ forensic “commission.” They released a report that latent print examination producing testimonial certainties as to one person identity gets the gong. The … Continue reading

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1986 Junk Science article Prosecutors love to use – Predicting and “Curing” Recidivism

Much like using the 1978 revelation that bitemarks “convicted” serial killer Ted Bundy, this September 12th, 2017 article tracks the origins of another forensic myth still in effect in sexual offender  punishment masquerading as “therapy’ in Wisconsin. When Junk Science … Continue reading

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