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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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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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Bitemark victim Keith Harward talks to lame duck Forensic Science Commission

An ironic event occurred at the last meeting of the NCFS meeting in DC. Exoneree Keith Harward told them not to give up despite AG Sessions is taking all forensic science reform under his prosecutorial “wing.” Click pic to see … 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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Alchemy, prosecutors, junk science and bitemarks – NY Times

This pic has gotten alot of action over the last few years. It originated at the University Buffalo School of Dentistry and shows plaster models of human teeth used at Dr. Mary and Peter Bush research center. Joining the accelerating … 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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The odds of Innocents getting convicted just increased with Sessions – The Atlantic

“The attorney general is standing athwart a long overdue movement to reform forensics yelling stop.” “Sessions was the first Congressperson to endorse The Donald.” “Lest you think it is unfair to tar Sessions with Trump’s execrable behavior, here is what … Continue reading

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