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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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Sample of Scientific Forensics in the News

This edition will focus on the presence of research-based forensics being talked about in our part of the world where “rigorous science is good” is coming out of the White House . Seem that the Science March got most of the news … Continue reading

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Taking Police #Forensic Labs to task – “Incompetent or Worse” LCN DNA testing

Los Angeles Crime Lab messes up a rape test. 10 trillionths of a gram of genetic material can put you in jail.  It took LA Senior Public Defender Sam Leonard 17 months to get to the truth. “If this is incompetence, it’s … Continue reading

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Lab supervisors and accreditors of Annie Doohkan need a serious talking to – Incredible

This all started in 2012. Annie has been in and out of prison. 21,500 cases dismissed. The only problem is that she had been working since 2003. It began with lab managers performing incompetent vetting as she lied about just … Continue reading

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Forensic Science Commentators to Watch on Twitter – Not the guy in the pic

Just a part of my daily Twitter feed on the battles between politics and the forensic sciences. Radley Balko @radleybalko Washington Post and The Watch journalist guy. The Attack of the Bitemark Matchers.  BettyLayne DesPortes @bldesportes  President of the American Academy … Continue reading

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“All Science is Provisional” Yet Legal Results are either “Guilty or Not Guilty” -Forensic Reform

A pretty good interview of one of the “outsider” (i.e. non-forensic) scientists on the National Commission on Forensics that is (was) on the Trump/Session hit list for non-renewal. He clearly speaks about the challenges to a “meeting of the minds” … Continue reading

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Honorable Christopher Plourd gets a position on the OSAC Forensic Governing Board

Judge Plourd has been a distinctive opponent of bitemark ‘matching’ going back to the exoneration of Ray Krone (AZ) (first pic), Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer (MS) (second pic). As a criminal defense attorney he engineered a sting operation posing as an … Continue reading

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The US is Looking at Forensic Science real hard in the era of Trump/Sessions

The game and it’s players: 100 + days of DC powerbroker alt-facts on forensics are running up against years of real science facts, crime lab failures, and over 2000 exonerations. On and on it goes. The central theme seems to … 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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Medical product liability case lends itself as a framework on Junk Forensics use in US courts

If only there was a Rule for judges to take the time to use their own Rules on the subject of expert testimony on forensic subjects. This brief review of a civil plantiff’s complaint (Jones) against biophosphonase maker Novartis travels … Continue reading

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