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Federal Public Defenders want autopsy report of ARK execution – State objects

Nothing describes the onerous lack of prosecutorial transparency regarding the death penalty better than this article on the State of Arkansas legal maneuvering to hide what happened at the April 27th execution of Kenneth Williams. “Witnesses to the execution reported … Continue reading

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Grant money to test DNA from dubious convictions probably will dry up with Trump

The costs of uncovering wrongful convictions are expensive. All innocence projects and criminal defense organizations require substantial donations to pursue the few cases they glean from thousands of requests from the public and inmates. Each case like the one mentioned … Continue reading

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Cures for crime lab scandals and injustice left foundering in Session’s wake

Conscientious DAs looking to render some essence of justice to bogus crime lab forensic science cases rely on authoritative leadership about remedial measures to protect those innocent of crime. Sessions got rid of that problem a couple months ago by … Continue reading

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Police controlled fingerprint evidence puts the wrong man in prison for 10 years

Here is a common equation for wrongful convictions: inaccurate eye witness testimony fumbled forensic identification controlled by the local police department. Little to no public review or police admission on how this happened in the first place. Virginia man released … Continue reading

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California new death penalty law gets scorched in preliminary higher court statement

The joy and triumph of the California District Attorney Assn from the 2016 passage of a ‘speed-em up death penalty’ statute Prop 66 just got a less than triumphant preliminary look by the state’s Supreme Court. Guys like San Bernardino’s … Continue reading

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US Supremes take on ‘new’ science standards versus case law standards in Texas

This information is taken from the current AAFS News Alert and is written by president Betty DesPortes and 3 collaborators. It is a semi-long read, but describes how the TX CCA got whooped by SCOTUS for trying to lawyer their … Continue reading

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Cloudy behavior of FL DNA labber causes a thunderstorm in hundreds of cases

The “interpretation” disputes on DNA blood mixtures is not going away. “Yet the allegations against Tracey [DNA guy] have only added fuel to the crime lab controversy, which had already forced prosecutors to tell defendants in about 2,000 closed cases … Continue reading

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Ontario drug lab scandal broadens into total review of its forensic system

Teeth have nothing to do with this story of forensic scandal. Unfortunately, no US government agency deems it necessary to review 40 years of junk bitemark opinions. Canada is looking at its crime labs. Drug testing from hair and blood … Continue reading

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Photography at crime scenes from the 19th century – Bertillon and Sherlock Holmes

This suspicious fellow is Alphonse Bertillon who started photographing crime scenes in Paris in 1888. He is credited with the ‘mugshot’ protocol and discredited for putting handwriting comparisons in the Dreyfus wrongful conviction into a junk science category. Link to … Continue reading

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Yuck: Morbid secrets of an Arizona forensic pathologist

Watch the embedded video for the details. Other Maricopa County forensic types added in the text about their ‘questionable’ character. Who was the Sheriff of Maricopa? Arpaio somebody. http://www.12news.com/news/investigative/current-maricopa-co-forensic-pathologist-was-reprimanded-by-navy/436483549

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