Tag Archives: wrongful convictions

Forensics and Law for the Week: From the News and Courts in the US

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have published a new study on the development of an algorithm that can determine whether a fingerprint found at a crime scene contains enough information to be uploaded … Continue reading

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Reversal of Conviction started Statute of Limitations for Federal Wrongful Claim?

Sent back for a new trial after being released from prison because of prosecutorial  misconduct, the defendant gets barred from suing the prosecutor and cops over his original incarceration. Judge dismisses wrongful imprisonment suit against former Blount County prosecutor and detective … 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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Public attitude toward government crime labs may be dwindling.

This is not a theme that shows up in any law enforcement or prosecutor-driven media within the US. That goes for the @IAI,  @NDAAjustice or the USDOJ  The National Review The Crisis in America’s Crime Labs. a spin-off of the above titled: … Continue reading

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Cops bail on finding real perps after “their perp” gets freed from the “Country Dentist”

Nationally, the Innocence Projects have handed the police over 100 DNA profiles of ‘strong’ suspects uncovered by IP exoneration litigation. No one in the LEO industry does much about followup, according to this article. LEOs and DAs take the low … Continue reading

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DNA lab in Miami is blazing a path towards perfection – Judges ignores failures

Here is more on DNA mixture interpretation, and how prosecutors and judges (N=1) just do not want to cope with cleaning their forensic houses of incorrect protocols in order to advance with science. Ridiculous. It’s medical malpractice if health professionals … Continue reading

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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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