Tag Archives: forensic examiner error

DNA rape kits left to rot in TX crime lab

Authorities promise no damage was one. Makes one wonder about any other biological evidence misdeeds lurking in the weeds. CSI never shows this side of police forensics. https://www.statesman.com/news/local/city-memo-mold-found-containers-about-850-austin-police-rape-kits/qEZ7rV5h3gnrcJPdJtMhjM/ http://kxan.com/2017/06/27/mold-found-on-hundreds-of-apd-dna-samples/ http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2017/06/27/nearly-850-austin-police-rape-kits-found-with-mold.html

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DNA lab in Miami is blazing a path towards perfection – Judges ignores failures

Here is more on DNA mixture interpretation, and how prosecutors and judges (N=1) just do not want to cope with cleaning their forensic houses of incorrect protocols in order to advance with science. Ridiculous. It’s medical malpractice if health professionals … Continue reading

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Lamenting leaving courtroom science admissibility to cops and lawyers

“Bite marks is the obvious example. It’s inconceivable to most of us as to how this stuff even continues to be admitted.” – member on the National Commission on Forensic Science.  Here’s  from the US District Attorneys Association (@NDAAJustice ) … Continue reading

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A court looks at BAC assumptions that aren’t based on scientific investigation

If only bitemarkers could be taken to task by a trial court like this blood alcohol ‘expert.’ On cross-examination, Wetstein [the BAC guy for the DA] acknowledged that he did not know what the defendant had eaten that night, how … Continue reading

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Cures for crime lab scandals and injustice left foundering in Session’s wake

Conscientious DAs looking to render some essence of justice to bogus crime lab forensic science cases rely on authoritative leadership about remedial measures to protect those innocent of crime. Sessions got rid of that problem a couple months ago by … Continue reading

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Police controlled fingerprint evidence puts the wrong man in prison for 10 years

Here is a common equation for wrongful convictions: inaccurate eye witness testimony fumbled forensic identification controlled by the local police department. Little to no public review or police admission on how this happened in the first place. Virginia man released … Continue reading

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A brilliant researcher going after biased ‘facial recognition’ decision making software

Smile: One half of the US population have their faces in a facial recognition program. This “A white mask worked better” story  is about an incredibly talented young researcher, ironically from Mississippi, who is performing anti-bias testing and other validation work … Continue reading

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Yuck: Morbid secrets of an Arizona forensic pathologist

Watch the embedded video for the details. Other Maricopa County forensic types added in the text about their ‘questionable’ character. Who was the Sheriff of Maricopa? Arpaio somebody. http://www.12news.com/news/investigative/current-maricopa-co-forensic-pathologist-was-reprimanded-by-navy/436483549

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A partial look at fingerprint error distribution : False Exclusions only studied

I do think ‘false positives’ have been eradicated from police crime lab vernacular. This FSI article went after “false negatives’ as they say their literature is all about ‘individuation.’ Seems a bit non-sequitor to me as their study is in … Continue reading

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Sessions perverting the course of justice and Two guys in the Suffolk – Norfolk gaol

Suffolk authorities and national police chiefs update the effect of bogus work in the Lancaster crime lab.  USAG Sessions goes commando as he institutes 1990’s draconian sentencing for serious crimes including drug use. This has incredible economic and social impact. … Continue reading

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