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Forensics: Want a BS excuse for “bad forensics”? Blame it on “bad apples.”

This is truly ridiculous counterpoint to forensic science reform, but the forensic industry and its associated prosecutors take it as gospel. The medical profession used claims of “perfection” in the 18th century when they used to bleed patients to death … Continue reading

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Reliance on quality forensic testing continues to take hits in the UK.

The government closed the FSS (national forensic science unit) in 2012. Privatizing forensics to commercial vendors resulted, which has led to various large scale scandals. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-44044668 In a strange coincidence, the UK”S Forensic Regulator published in 2017 some extensive rules … 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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Sagas of Junk Forensic Science Whistleblowers – Please Read the Entire Piece –

Forensic experts and practitioners clearly endanger themselves when bringing to light contrarian evidence to criminal courts that reveal forensic mistakes and failures to long-court-accepted testimony. This recent article provides a memorial and acclamation to a physician who fought to his … Continue reading

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Forensics: John Hopkins Strongly Weighs In On Bitemarks and Other “Police Forensics” Omitting Scientific Proofs

Scientists decry a lack of actual  science in forensic methods Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Arturo Casadevall among co-authors of ‘PNAS’ editorial…….. “WE WANTED TO ALERT PEOPLE THAT THIS IS A CONTINUING AND A MAJOR ISSUE: THAT MANY OF THE FORENSIC TECHNIQUES … Continue reading

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Talking Science to Prosecutors and Cops by “Independent” Scientists Continues Unabated

Experts call for more science in forensic science By Susan Kelley | April 10, 2018 Law, Government & Public Policy News & Events MEDIA INQUIRIES  Sunita Sah A group of scientists, including Sunita Sah, a physician and assistant professor of management and organizations, … Continue reading

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A Classic Forensic Failure: Bitemarkers Issue An “Editorial” Explaining Their Rebirth as “Science-Based”

  Nothing explains the mind-set of the AAFS affiliated ABFO bitemark group better than this 11 page Apologia that attempts to rehab their continued use in US Criminal Courts. It has a host of mis-truths, avoidance methods, and non-science orientation. … Continue reading

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The nature of hair and lack of robust research leads to doubts about cocaine testing company

Its the old story of a commercial drug testing company getting a head start in police forensics without discriminant variable testing to support its claims of a subjects’ drug use. The FBI uses this system to this day. In general, … Continue reading

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AAAS takes on police “forensic” fingerprint guidelines being an unscientific excuse for accuracy testing

All my forensic casework has seen attorneys asking experts about their  “training and experience” relationship to rendered opinions. The AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science” (The World’s Largest)  calls out this permissive aspect of qualifying an expert’s “science”  … Continue reading

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Dodgy Forensics: Here’s Why Crime Labs Need to Be Independent From the Police

Either this crime lab director is a cop or he was trained by one to keep his mouth shut to advantage the District Attorneys’ Office.  The Orange County (Trumpland of California) DA Raukaukus has a few smooth moves of his … Continue reading

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