Tag Archives: wrongful convictions

“A pernicious pseudo-forensic science” languishes in a MS courthouse

For the umpteenth time, a court judge slowly ponders a life and death conviction which used junk forensic ‘experts’ now dwindled credibilty to put a person in prison and on death row. The dentist has a string of misadventures and … Continue reading

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DA agrees to exoneration after 23 years – Kansas has no compensation statute

False eyewitness testimony put him in prison. The DA said original case lacked evidence that now is available. “Nobody thought it would happen this fast.”

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Unsafe toxicology testing goes rampant in the UK – Forensic Regulator on the case

Intentional tampering cases in forensic drug case going beyond the original few hundred originally published. She said: ‘The organisation concerned held accreditation to the appropriate quality standard, but the malpractice was not discovered by the usual quality checks. ‘This raises … Continue reading

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A “discrepant” view on flawed forensics leading to later exonerations – bitemarks at al.

A mighty effort by someone connected to the National Institute of Justice to blend ‘forward thinking’ about science and better crime lab management improving the reliability of criminal convictions. The author uses a blend of data that minimizes how many … Continue reading

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Forensics: Scientific American goes after (again) Trump/Sessions dumping NCFS Commission

  This iconic publisher of all things related to science has consistently reflected the need for advances in forensic reliability and “gap” analysis to reduce errors.  SA has republished this piece previously titled “Forensic Science Must Be Scientific.” Wrongful convictions … Continue reading

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The failure of Forensic Evidence standards: Daubert flaws allowing junk science in courts

“This article examines the justice system’s failure by reviewing the status of six forensic techniques: (1) bite mark analysis, (2) microscopic hair comparisons, (3) firearms and toolmark identifications, (4) fingerprint examinations, (5) bullet lead analysis, and (6) arson evidence. It … Continue reading

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Forensics: Why criminal courts allow use of experts where civil courts would exclude

Two experienced legal commentators take a comparative look at expert witness presenting science in both civil and criminal proceedings. No surprise they pick on the bitemarkers. See the weak criminal courts exercise of pre-trial ‘scientific review’ when the judges are … Continue reading

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Forensics: Using Predictive Sociology as a Police Weapon to Discriminate

As now is so commonly seen, police ‘tools’ to ‘protect and serve’ can be twisted into use against groups selected for their ‘criminal lifestyles.’ The current definition of ‘criminal’ has become as wide as the Mississippi depending on what LEO … Continue reading

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NYC Medical Examiner strikes back to critics of her DNA lab

It is a very measured and short strike-back and is interspersed with personal and organizational pride. The ME says that the DNA methods recently criticized by the NY Times here, have also been used to exonerate the innocent. I’m beginning … Continue reading

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Despite false convictions – Alford appeals used to preserve DA conviction stats

Would you choose: 1) immediate freedom as a murderer, or 2) call the DA’s bluff, refuse the deal, and pray for DNA? In this one, the DNA was already on the table when the DA threatened a retrial. San Bernardino, … Continue reading

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