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Objections and questions on the feds taking over total management of US forensic science standards

Date:  March 14, 2017 Re:  Comments Concerning Proposed Office of Forensic Science within the DOJ To: AAFS Board of Directors From the following AAFS Jurisprudence Section members: Peter Neufeld Barry Scheck Christine Funk Hon. Christopher Plourd Hon. Pam King Hon. … Continue reading

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Prosecutors knowingly screw things up after crime lab scandal tests their ethics

Nothing is more poignant than to talk to and read about exonerees who had to put up with malingering prosecutors who live their lives as if wrongful convictions do not exist. One might consider this California prosecutor the poster child for … Continue reading

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Its time for AAFS members to wake up and respond to this US #Forensic legislation

The AAFS [American Academy of Forensic Science: http://www.aafs.org%5D previously requested comments whether it should support the new legislation proposed by consortium of forensic science organizations (CFSO) creating an office of forensic science within the Department of Justice, within the Center … Continue reading

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Forensics Today – The rise of the ‘I don’t care’ response to forensic science reform

When forensic reform was trending The Obama-era Commission on Forensic Science just finished its proposals for better over sight on forensics by the Executive branch in the form of an Office on Forensic Science.  It’s been under development back to Obama’s … Continue reading

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County judge thinks ‘bitemark guidelines’ show that it is still a “science’

Here is another great example of a criminal court taking the weak way out by using the 1923 Frye Rule thereby allowing any bitemark expert who belongs to a relevant ‘scientific community’ to talk to the jury during a murder … Continue reading

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#Forensics scandal – Reinstated Scottish fingerprint expert gets the boot – again

Is there a common source for these prints? Shirley McKie was and maybe still is, a fingerprint detective with a Scottish police agency. In the late 90’s she was part of a murder investigation that centered on identifying the man … Continue reading

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Today’s #Forensics News around the World – 1700 Fingerprints get a re-do.

Florida Fingerprint guy, self-famed as “never wrong,” gets reassigned  (to non-forensic duties) and gets a “black eye.” Lawyer says “countless convictions” in over 1700 cases. Ouch. Arizona Skull is “20 to 60 old” according to an anthro’s conservative exam. That’s a … Continue reading

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#Forensic News for Today: Fabricated arson evidence, door knobs, familial DNA traits

This case is horrendous. Fabricated arson evidence used against a woman later acquitted of arson gets into court after appellate court opines this rule for the lower court to follow in her lawsuit against LEO authorities. “There must be persuasive … Continue reading

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Old men seem to populate the courtroom experts used in the US CJ system

I’ve noticed this for decades while I later became a “senior” myself. Old folks populate the highest level of the American Academy of Arts and Science (and probably the American Academy of Forensic Sciences) who go to court as experts. … Continue reading

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Massive ‘Pirate Bay of Science’ and Publishers leads to Battles with some Russians

I just found five Internet sites that claim to have free access to our latest book. All of this leads to reasons why journals subscriptions and textbooks are $$$ and out of reach to many of us as the honest … Continue reading

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