Tag Archives: junk forensic science

Already in use in Germany, voice recognition software ID’s a person’s ethnicity?

Need some tips about the excessive hope in digital comparisons of a person’s language dialect? This has been going on in the EU for years. Linguist’s now use it for their opinions on refugee status. Who tests them for reliability? … Continue reading

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Hair and Bite Marks back in the News as “Worst Forensic Evidence”

‘Junk forensic science’ topics continue to show up in the media in conjunction with the growing numbers of overturned convictions assisted by forensic experts. See: The Registry of Exonerations. Here’s a couple of recent articles. ┬áThe first talks about the … 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┬áprosecutor the poster child for … Continue reading

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National Registry of Exonerations makes big plans for its’ future at UC Irvine

Thursday marked the official transfer of location of the NRE to the UC Irvine (CA) Newkirk Center for Science and Society. Here are a series of live streaming presentations that represent the purpose and future plans for the NRE. It … 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: More crime lab scandals: This time DUI results in Denver

This is from Joe who commented to this blog: Thousands of Colorado DUI convictions could be in doubt amid forgery allegations: Colorado lawyers specializing in drunken-driving cases are questioning the validity of thousands of convictions after a technician who certified … Continue reading

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Forensics: Junk arson ‘science’ leads to conviction, prison, then a coverup plea bargain

From @LilianaSegura. She spent two years on this and it’s worth the ‘long read.’ “How junk arson science convicted a mother of killing her own daughters.” https://theintercept.com/2017/03/05/did-angela-garcia-kill-her-own-daughters-arson-cover-up/

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Familiar? Another bitemark conviction getting a DNA-based look after 16 years

Forensic science is not immune to the need for retesting and consideration of its’ flawed methods -Anon The number of exonerations in the US is probably going to increase with the addition of ‘new DNA technology’ evidence recovered from a … 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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When convictions are used as scientific ‘proofs’ by experts -Scientific American

I’m wondering if a “scientific” american might be considered un-patriotic by some in the Beltway micro-climate. The US Attorney General likes the word “anecdotal” to describe CJ social science looking at police behavior. One problem is that he dry-labbed the … Continue reading

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