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It’s put up time for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to act on bitemarks

Some folks are holding their collective inhalation about what the AAFS will do after the recent PCAST demolition of bitemark analysis. The President’s Science Council invoked the same rationale used by the National Academy of Science’s “Forensic Sciences…A Path Forward” report in … Continue reading

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Bringing the Prosecutors “kicking and screaming” into the light of scientific standards.

    Michael Ramos @michaelramos .@ndaajustice will continue to defend our criminal justice system against those who try to undermine ithttps://twitter.com/ndaajustice/status/771802800166694912 … 1:37 PM – 2 Sep 2016 Here’ the stand-off: Prosecutors’ existing forensic standards necessary for them to continue to … Continue reading

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“It’s a Joke.” More on the FBI and DOJ bad attitude on legitimate testing in forensics

Hey, just think. If the FBI and DOJ admitted (again) that they “aren’t perfect”  and “needed to test more” then imagine the change in the rate of appeals their convictions would demand? There wouldn’t be enough lawyers in this country … Continue reading

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Calling out the LEO forensic curmudgeons saying “Overeaching and Junk is OK”

Much of the forensic evidence used in convictions has been found unreliable. Prosecutors want to use it anyway Salon has compiled what’s I unkindly have called the LEO mind-set of being “Untouchable” when it comes to the using unsafe courtroom … Continue reading

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Wrongful Conviction Blog News

Tuesday’s Quick Clicks… The WCB Posted on September 20, 2016 by Liza Dietrich | Leave a comment Terry Olson, freed after decade in prison for 1979 killing… Judge will hear new evidence in murder case; Antoine D. Young has maintained his innocence … Continue reading

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Twitter Comments about “”Awake-up call on the junk science” infestation

This is just a hit-or-miss snapshot of comments and shows diversity to say the least. Go to………”A wake-up call on the junk forensic science infesting our courtrooms” for the 164 comments at its end. By HTEdwards and JMnookin.  Some folks … Continue reading

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How Bitemark evidence is still operating at the appellate level – The Kunco Case

The “relatively unique teeth” of John Kunco The “recaptured” evidence used against Kunco. There still is a long road for prison inmates to overcome what now is considered to be unvalidated “science” presented at their original trials. John Kunco’s case … Continue reading

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MS Court hears substantial testimony about why bitemark conviction from 1992 was flawed

  The following May 5th, 2016 newspaper article from the Columbus MS Dispatch outlines the dynamics of last week’s hearing in which Superior Court Judge Howard accepted voluminous evidence requested by the MS Supreme Court regarding bitemark and DNA evidence relevant … Continue reading

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“A Public Safety Issue” | US Cops would rather bust pot users and issue traffic tickets than investigate years old rapes

This all boils own to lack of $$  incentives for police agencies to do real and thorough policing. Instead of swatting marijuana users (recreational and medical pot criminalization) , the cops need to get off the drug-war-gravy-train (Fed$$) and their … Continue reading

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Court tosses convictions but won’t say couple is innocent

Originally posted on Wrongful Convictions Blog:
No matter how much evidence of innocence might exist, it is sometimes next to impossible to get the courts to fully admit error. That’s what happened yesterday, when Dan and Fran Keller, who were…

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