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Customs and Border Patrol uses $5M polygraphs for……..what?

This is rather cringe-worthy for a number of reasons. Foremost is the continued bs that polys are reliable. “[Now] we have a commitment from CBP brass that adjudicators will immediately remove “unsuitable” job applicants from the hiring process when the … Continue reading

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Ballistic DA in bitemark case goes after Innocence Project attorneys and a blog

  A prosecutor has his shorts in a bind over press coverage and an op-ed about his bitemark case. My guess is, by inference, the discussion of the continued prosecutorial use of  junk forensics should be hidden from public view. The IP has … Continue reading

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Looking at a Model Rules for Forensic Conduct – #AAFS2017

Ironically, the legal profession in the US and British Commonwealth have Rules of Conduct for lawyers. I am at a loss as to Rules for the Forensic Expert that follow these scientific method protections in research and testimony to the … Continue reading

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Crime lab accreditors getting a black eye and lose credibility over Austin lab

Nothing like using empirical data to establish CJ problems that are largely ignored by governmental practitioners. A few folks have been been saying this about ANSI/ASCLD for years. Here’s a scandal-in-point. Crime labs. From the NYC Legal Aid DNA Newsletter … Continue reading

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Obama Left Forensic Science Reform At the Altar

That’s according to Radley Balko at the Washington Post. He sums up the missed opportunity for the outgoing US president to push his Attorney General Lynch and the FBI’s Comey to open a proper dialogue after the PCAST report from … Continue reading

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Hair matching went away due to the efforts of the Innocence Project – Bitemarks next

In 2013, FBI began its post conviction review in collaboration with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project. By 2015, it had mined through hundreds of cases and identified errors in 90 percent of the testimony … Continue reading

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Testing the crime lab testers comes to Houston’s crime lab

I’m not surprised that police crime labs generally avoid stringent internal evals of its personnel. I know of one “blinded” bitemark study, a means of catching perpetrators of crime concept accepted by US District Attorneys.  It involved a notorious dentist … Continue reading

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Flat-earth concepts of Shaken Baby Syndrome shaken by US judge

For the first time, a New York appellate court has ruled that evidence once used to convict people in shaken-baby cases may no longer be scientifically valid. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/11/16/ruling-alters-legal-landscape-ny-shaken-baby-cases/93952304/ ► Shaken-baby science questioned ► Changing science a tough sell in court UK … Continue reading

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CBSLA: Bill Richards broke and ill after 23 years in prison – WrongConvBlog

CBS Los Angeles: Bill Richards, Freed After 23 Years For A Murder He Didn’t Commit Tells His Story… Only four  months ago, he walked out of a Rancho Cucamonga prison, 23 years after he was convicted of murdering his wife, … Continue reading

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The attack of the “Face-Mark” Matchers – another doubtful FBI forensic “science”

Title credit: Radley Balko. “Atttack of the ‘bite mark matchers.” The above pic are three suspects in a Texas bitemark case post conviction federal hearing. Each color is a specific person’s upper and lower tooth outline. The DA used a couple … Continue reading

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