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Sessions suspends internal and external review of erroneous FBI forensic cases

The Backstory on Bad Forensic Science – NY Times Retrograde amnesia might be a diagnosis for Attorney General Sessions’ expanding ‘walk-back’ of years long efforts by media and some forensic practitioners to rid the Criminal Justice system of junk ‘science’ … Continue reading

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Medical Labs have more scientific safeguards than Forensic Labs

Jeff Sessions Wants Courts to Rely Less on Science and more on ‘Science” “Clinical laboratories must meet higher standards to be allowed to diagnose strep throat than forensic labs must meet to put a defendant on death row.” – Mother … Continue reading

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New Ohio exoneration casts worries about a ‘Sessions Effect’ on criminal justice

E I’m just coining a turn to a familiar forensic science phrase, but US Attorney General Session’s cancelling the NCFS  (federal forensic forensics commission) has brought added attention to flawed  police science long advertised as being a legal certainty. It … Continue reading

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Assault on Science persisting in the US Department of Justice – Updates

The War Over Forensic Science Started Well Before Jeff Sessions-Wired Critics worry ‘junk science‘ to reign as forensic panel ends– Chron.com QA: The U.S. Department of Justice scrapped independent forensics panel, but the scientific…– Science Magazine Matthew T. Mangino: The … Continue reading

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US Forensics look forward is getting confused – mirroring Trump’s crony Sessions

We should consider the US Department of Justice declining to renew the Natl Commission on Forensic Science just a foretelling of the retrenching push by police and prosecutor to remain outside normal scientific influences. This agency of public safety via … 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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Proactive DA takes on issue of 600 cases involving chemist with drug addiction

This DA doing the right thing quickly. “From various parts of the country over the years have come stories about prosecutors and courts reluctant to overturn convictions even when defendants’ rights have been violated or when key evidence subsequently proved … Continue reading

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Genetic ‘Stop and Frisk’ not such of a magic bullet after all – Familial DNA issues

  It seems that most police sciences get validated (at least some do) AFTER the cops start using it. While DNA profiling is considered the ‘gold standard’ for identification (not DNA mixtures, however),  this run-up to its use as a … Continue reading

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Bitemark pattern used to overturn case against New Orleans defendant

Once again, an ABFO dentist uses bitemark patterns to persuade a judge that there is  ‘science’ behind skin injuries and tooth comparisons. This time is to say the defendant’s teeth “didn’t match.” A new trial was ordered. http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_49cb7944-13fe-11e7-8dc6-9fe2d1aa4f30.html  

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Framing the Innocent with planted #Forensics evidence and lying cops

Not just a myth or a fictional plot line. This article starts in Cleveland OH and references other examples where people ‘of color’ with criminal histories get thrown into jail. In Cleveland, three police went there too. It’s called ‘framing’ … Continue reading

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