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Another FBI “standard, reliable, trusted” method goes haywire – Profilers

If you wonder how accurate criminal profiling actually is, just read this LA Times article about the myths surrounding it’s admission into criminal courts. Ole US DOJ has long “accepted” whatever these people come up with regarding perps. The next-gen … Continue reading

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DOJ certifies Junk ‘science’ as……….”standard, trusted, reliable”

Try this for Dep AG Rosenstein painting forensics with a very broad brush. This would never work in the health science community, but that’s obviously of no concern to the lawyers running forensics for the US Department of Justice. He … Continue reading

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Another glimpse at how the Fed ignores scientific proofs – Arson and the ATF

Here is a long-standing federal agency, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, basking in their scientifically outdated historical about arson caused fires. They use a “process of elimination” theory of criminal actions. Others call it old fashioned and biased. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Experts-cast-doubt-on-ATF-s-arson-finding-in-West-11725989.php One must … Continue reading

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Roundup of Science vs Trumpism over the Last 6 Months

This is a pretty good short look. It covers: Running science out of his administration. Health and environment Closing the public’s door to scientific data. It starts with Trump/Sessions dumping the National Commission on Forensic Science. Assaulting science

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Unadulterated Forensic Balderdash: Ventriloquism and Human DNA

  From the get-go, this is beyond the pale of anything remotely related to a scientific proof. “Every person’s voice is unique, just like your fingerprint and DNA, so we are on our way to converting voice to kind of … Continue reading

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” Forensic foibles” examined in light of generally uncritical appellate judicial review

    Stare Decisis Is Not Scientific A CAUTIONARY TALE FROM TWO CASES [ Higher courts’ lack of abilities to be scientifically rigorous]…” serves as a road sign as to both where danger lurks should an uncritical court wish to avoid difficult questions, … Continue reading

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When Science turned Criminal Investigating on it’s Head – Jeffreys and DNA

DNA EVIDENCE FREES THE INNOCENT A time-line look at how science brought independent verification to police ‘science.’ From that came wrongful convictions showing up decades of police and prosecutorial infallibility. http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/18/dna-evidence-frees-the-innocen In another glowing example of infallible arrogance, USDOJ boss … Continue reading

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Simple Fire Science for Arson Investigators and Courts – by John Lentini

John has waged a very effective movement towards improving arson investigations from their origins as a science lacking high school level quasi police discipline. What Fire Litigators Need to Know in 2017 John’s history on the effects of junk fire … Continue reading

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More input from scientists taking up the torch for better forensics

More academic folks talking about all the reasons this blog was begun in 2014. They describe the climate and environment of the US criminal justice relationship with empirically tested science and wrongful convictions.   Apparently my concerns about low quality, … Continue reading

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Science and non-forensic orgs talk about “independent forensic management”

This probably is largely just blowin’ in the wind. tRump seems more interested in personal gain and fame. This is a good overview of the coalescence of science and forensic types occurring since 45 took office. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/science-organizations-renew-call-for-independent-us-committee-on-forensics/2017/06/28/3ab8cdea-5b6a-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.1a1340ebc6dc

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