Tag Archives: Miscarriage of justice

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¬†prosecutor 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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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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Forensics in NY State: Police fail to pursue rape testing regulations

They must be doing ¬†‘broken windows’ surveillance instead. A recent NY Division of Criminal Justice Services report shows that 220 of 586 police and prosecutorial agencies have missed a February reporting deadline for providing information about untested sexual assault evidence … Continue reading

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Crime lab scandals reach the UK – Two labbers arrested – 484 cases questioned

Police to review 484 cases after criminal probe launched at private forensics laboratory This affects police work involving toxicology in the UK. The years since demobilization of the government owned Forensic Science Service have not been nice. Standards “have been … Continue reading

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#AAFS2017 Man Wrongfully Convicted Trashes Bitemarkers at Nat’l Convention

Keith Harward ‘lashes out” at bitemark dentists who mis-identified him from a bruise pattern on a rape and victim. He does this at the biggest forensic meeting held this year in New Orleans. Generally, there are over 300 ‘forensic’ dentists … Continue reading

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Awesome list of recent NY Times articles about forensic science and police #AAFS2017

All of this is newsworthy and bridges forensic science, enforcement and criminal justice. Includes multiple pages of archives. Topics on page one: Maggots Familial DNA in crime and civil rights Crime scene photography of the deceased. Christina Cattaneo identifying migrants … Continue reading

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Brave New World of Prosecutor Misconduct – Bitemarks and Melissa Mourges – #AAFS2017

In a show of force, collegial prosecutors combine efforts to influence judges to accept half-truths and fraud from the forensic ‘world’ of bitemark matching. Nothing says it better than this new article from the Washington Post. (Ms. Mourges is a … Continue reading

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A Monopoly Game of Rules: prosecutors, defense attorneys, forensic experts #AAFS2017

More Rules for those interested in how Ethics responsibilities appear in the US legal compendium. All the players are included. Here (at the bottom) is the abstract of a future presentation by Mississippi Innocent Project’s founder and director, Tucker Carrington … Continue reading

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