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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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Sheriffs being Coroners get some heat in California

The interplay of law enforcement and death investigations being under the same roof is a national problem. California is getting a dose of that in the news. It is a problem endemic throughout the US. Elected Coroners qualify with a … Continue reading

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How NOT to get a DNA sample from a non-cooperating inmate – Pepper spray, violence, and handcuffs.

Judge bars DNA evidence obtained at ACI through ‘unreasonable force and violence’ http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180428/judge-bars-dna-evidence-obtained-at-aci-through-unreasonable-force-and-violence

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Cops messed up an earlier 2017 Golden State Killer “hit” – Got the wrong guy

Court records say a 73 year man was a “person of interest” and was tracked down by police for his DNA in an earlier search of DNA records pursued in 2017. He was not the perp arrested this week. A … Continue reading

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“Discarded DNA” from a 72 year old ex-cop and a Familial DNA archive search leads to his arrest as a serial predator

Police obtaining your DNA without a warrant is one issue in this case. That’s allowed if you go out in public or don’t incinerate your trash. Once in the dumpster, there is no “expectation” of privacy. The other issue is … Continue reading

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