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NY Times takes ‘sullen like children’ DAs to task over avoidance of crime lab scandal

21,587 Reasons to Fix Forensic Science The pushback to overbearing police ‘science’ advocates comes in many forms. This article from the Editorial Board of the New York Times names some names. Plus more recent from the NYT about science being … Continue reading

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Sample of Scientific Forensics in the News

This edition will focus on the presence of research-based forensics being talked about in our part of the world where “rigorous science is good” is coming out of the White House . Seem that the Science March got most of the news … Continue reading

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Taking Police #Forensic Labs to task – “Incompetent or Worse” LCN DNA testing

Los Angeles Crime Lab messes up a rape test. 10 trillionths of a gram of genetic material can put you in jail.  It took LA Senior Public Defender Sam Leonard 17 months to get to the truth. “If this is incompetence, it’s … Continue reading

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Genetic phenotyping described as an “identification” in Jogger Murder case.

The phenotyping part isn’t an ‘identification.’ Suspect in Mass. Jogger Killing Caught by Advanced DNA, License Plate Number Written on Detective’s Hand.   

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Long look at US Terror prosecutions multiple facts – not fake – The Intercept

Cover Story Part 1 “The U.S. government has prosecuted almost 800 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.” with the following links. Trial and Terror Database The 400 … Continue reading

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Bitemark victim Keith Harward talks to lame duck Forensic Science Commission

An ironic event occurred at the last meeting of the NCFS meeting in DC. Exoneree Keith Harward told them not to give up despite AG Sessions is taking all forensic science reform under his prosecutorial “wing.” Click pic to see … Continue reading

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Medical product liability case lends itself as a framework on Junk Forensics use in US courts

If only there was a Rule for judges to take the time to use their own Rules on the subject of expert testimony on forensic subjects. This brief review of a civil plantiff’s complaint (Jones) against biophosphonase maker Novartis travels … Continue reading

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Alchemy, prosecutors, junk science and bitemarks – NY Times

This pic has gotten alot of action over the last few years. It originated at the University Buffalo School of Dentistry and shows plaster models of human teeth used at Dr. Mary and Peter Bush research center. Joining the accelerating … Continue reading

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Congress looks into forensic failures regardless of DOJ Sessions lack of interest

        On March 28, 2017 the House Judicial Committee heard from 3 “stakeholders’ ” on numerous forensic science issues including the extreme costs of wrongful convictions (Illinois has paid out $253M between 1989 and 2013). One major item … Continue reading

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How weakly supported #Forensics goes viral – The media’s responsibility

A glimpse at ‘modern forensics’ and the ‘modern media.’ In this story, we see evidence that various ‘news reporters’ and salaried journalists to the list of people like judges and DAs  need better insight into the scientific method. I am … Continue reading

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