Tag Archives: wrongful convictions

Lamenting leaving courtroom science admissibility to cops and lawyers

“Bite marks is the obvious example. It’s inconceivable to most of us as to how this stuff even continues to be admitted.” – member on the National Commission on Forensic Science.  Here’s  from the US District Attorneys Association (@NDAAJustice ) … Continue reading

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Grant money to test DNA from dubious convictions probably will dry up with Trump

The costs of uncovering wrongful convictions are expensive. All innocence projects and criminal defense organizations require substantial donations to pursue the few cases they glean from thousands of requests from the public and inmates. Each case like the one mentioned … Continue reading

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Police controlled fingerprint evidence puts the wrong man in prison for 10 years

Here is a common equation for wrongful convictions: inaccurate eye witness testimony fumbled forensic identification controlled by the local police department. Little to no public review or police admission on how this happened in the first place. Virginia man released … Continue reading

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Sleuthing gone wrong: When police and prosecutors ignore warnings about forensic flaws

This story has been in the news for a number of years. Currently, there is civil litigation going on which brings us more information. Police control of forensic science screams throughout this article at The Watch about a retired DNA … Continue reading

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Enter the Dark Side of Forensics in the time of tRump and sEsSIonS

Its all about good forensics (a matter of opinion), weak forensics, and crap like bitemarks. And once again the Great Prosecutor wants to control all of it. This should make DA dudes like these guys very happy. Bite Marks and … Continue reading

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Ontario drug lab scandal broadens into total review of its forensic system

Teeth have nothing to do with this story of forensic scandal. Unfortunately, no US government agency deems it necessary to review 40 years of junk bitemark opinions. Canada is looking at its crime labs. Drug testing from hair and blood … Continue reading

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Photography at crime scenes from the 19th century – Bertillon and Sherlock Holmes

This suspicious fellow is Alphonse Bertillon who started photographing crime scenes in Paris in 1888. He is credited with the ‘mugshot’ protocol and discredited for putting handwriting comparisons in the Dreyfus wrongful conviction into a junk science category. Link to … Continue reading

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A brilliant researcher going after biased ‘facial recognition’ decision making software

Smile: One half of the US population have their faces in a facial recognition program. This “A white mask worked better” story  is about an incredibly talented young researcher, ironically from Mississippi, who is performing anti-bias testing and other validation work … Continue reading

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The ‘totality of indicators’ in DUI arrests passes for ‘science’ to Georgia traffic stops

Another example of police using untested or flawed field sobriety ‘testing’ when accurate drug tests do not exist. Total crap. Innocent folks get jail time, fines, license revocation before DAs drop charges.  

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Illinois Prosecutors Admit Junk Science Convicted Innocent Man in 1996

This time it is arson ‘science.’ This is significant as it goes against some DAs and the US Attorney General who declare forensics is just fine.  Here is the joint motion to release Adam Gray from prison. The State Attorney Office … Continue reading

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