Tag Archives: exoneration

Forensic experts in the NEWs and Courts

Cuts on body appears self-inflicted.  DNA found on clothing was not mere casual contact.  Drugs and alcohol’s effect on defendant’s capacity for ‘hiding a body’  along with time and cause of death. Gunshot residue on steering wheel. Look at a … Continue reading

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Who will pay Bill Richards for 23 years in prison? Answer: California taxpayers

The Richards’ Bitemark Here is the latest video about how Bill Richards was rounded up and convicted of murdering his wife in 1993. DNA said otherwise and also debunked a litany of shoddy forensic work by the San Bernardino Sheriffs … Continue reading

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Awesome list of recent NY Times articles about forensic science and police #AAFS2017

All of this is newsworthy and bridges forensic science, enforcement and criminal justice. Includes multiple pages of archives. Topics on page one: Maggots Familial DNA in crime and civil rights Crime scene photography of the deceased. Christina Cattaneo identifying migrants … Continue reading

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The Nor Cal Innocence Project’s costs to cleanup ONE wrongful conviction

Of course, many DAs in this state do not believe that such things like convicting the innocent occurs. That’s the direct implication of their successful death penalty bill that won 52-48 percent of CA voters. Read the numbers about how … Continue reading

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Election non-relief: Judges allowing risky “probably” forensic opinions

Bitemarks lead the list: NIST speaker reveals……. Conference: The 5 Problems That Stand Between Scientists and the Courtroom [excerpt:] Epstein showed the results of a recent survey of odonatologists that asked three questions about the reliability of bite marks. The … Continue reading

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Comparing DNA mixtures with Trueallele and STRmix gets mixed results

Where Traditional DNA Testing Fails, Algorithms Take Over Powerful software is solving more crimes and raising new questions about due process. [excerpt] Studies have only established the validity of the available software in certain circumstances (such as a DNA mixture … Continue reading

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Canadian wrongful conviction file totals 85 – funding diminishing

Innocence Canada struggling for funding for wrongfully convicted cases ‘I’m always frustrated with how long it takes us to do cases, in any event, but this is going to slow us down even more.’ A Newfoundland man who helps free … Continue reading

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Ballistics on the hot seat as being “too subjective” in final opinions

The premise in ballistics is that all these casings might be considered “unique.” This  “new look” at ballistics from the Aaron Hernandez conviction is similar to the back and forth decades-long argument against the now debunked “hair matching” in four … Continue reading

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Controversial use of familial DNA searches helps lead to finds in cold cases

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Authorities have used DNA databases to search for partial matches in order to solve cold cases. The idea is that these partial matches are likely relatives of the suspect and authorities can focus on investigating…

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Forensic Scientist Newsletter – NY Legal Aid Society

  Subscribe to the DNA Newsletter for the latest on forensic news Thousands of Texas DWI convictions could be tainted after it was discovered that one of the state’s top forensic analysts had mixed up blood samples and gave inaccurate testimony … Continue reading

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