Tag Archives: DNA profiling

Forensics: A look at DNA transfer at crime scenes says special training needed due to highly variable interpretations

This pay-for-view article at FSI Genetics should be made free-share for a certain period of time. Its focus on touch-DNA transfer interpretations suggests that the current opinions on DNA circumstances are suspect and standards are lacking. This is a very … Continue reading

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Forensics: UK police love this “conclusive” bitemark opinion – DNA never gets mentioned

Five teeth out of 32 seems enough for everyone in this murder conviction in the UK. The dentist looks satisfied on the video. (the 3rd video in the article). Problems about expert error rates, etc., always go out the window … Continue reading

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When Prosecutors continue to use Bitemarkers’ Junk Testimony in New Jersey

Participating in post-conviction appeals of defendants convicted from the use of bitemark pattern “matching” brought me to a crossroads with my memberships in both the bitemark group (ABFO) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The cross-road on the … Continue reading

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Police searched genealogy records back to the early 1800s in tracking down the “Golden State” killer

In 1980, a Ventura County medical examiner played a role in getting the killer’s DNA from a murder scene. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/to-find-alleged-golden-state-killer-investigators-first-found-his-great-great-great-grandparents/2018/04/30/3c865fe7-dfcc-4a0e-b6b2-0bec548d501f_story.html?utm_term=.7f1e51de3fb2

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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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DNA Mixture Wrangling Over Private Company Secrecy Versus a Defendant’s Right for Discovery of #Forensic Methods

The scales of justice are wobbling back and forth on this one. Copyright and Intellectual Property interests seem to be winning and allowing District Attorneys to cloak their experts’ computer programs. One judge in San Diego, CA is running against … Continue reading

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Sloppy and incompetent cop forensic experts at it again in the Holtzclaw case. #AAFS #Junk #Forensics

Holtzclaw is an ex-cop accused and convicted of numerous sexual assaults under the color of authority. The State’s DNA case against him lacks a serious amount of due process and quality control.  This article has recontructionist Brent Turvey talking about … Continue reading

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Molecular determining Time of Death (TOD) gets some News – #AAFS #Forensics

All of this is very interesting, but is not yet ready for Prime Time by any means. Humoral changes after death are many and extremely varied. Of course, DNA structures are now being looked at the University of Perth, Australia, … Continue reading

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Fabric “matching” overwhelming DNA testing leads to execution gurney in Texas

Another story about lazy forensics sending defendants to the death chamber. DNA testing be damned, the police ‘science’ creates a unique match. Inmate scheduled for execution.  By Jordan Smith

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Academic experts blast back at Forensic DNA Body and Facial Reconstruction

I was wondering how long someone in the forensic arena would counteract the MSM overblown headlines declaring faces can be predicted by a commercial motivated DNA businesses. That will not stop unregulated law enforcement and the public from taking this … Continue reading

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