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A Few Forensics Related Links – Pelves and Murder Weapons and the “FBI Way”

Murder weapons from the famed museum of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh – some famous forensic cases and practitioners – Sydney Smith etc. Although he used hair microscopic hair comparison to convict. Oops. Pelvic structures influenced by child … Continue reading

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Thanks to Drs Janice Klimm and Rick Cardoza – Taking Care of Bill Richards’ Smile After 23 yrs in prison

Bill Richards was arrested for the murder of his wife Pamela in 1993 and eventually convicted in 1997 after three trials in California’s San Bernardino County. A linchpin for his last trial was testimony by two forensic dentists who talked … Continue reading

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NY Times takes ‘sullen like children’ DAs to task over avoidance of crime lab scandal

21,587 Reasons to Fix Forensic Science The pushback to overbearing police ‘science’ advocates comes in many forms. This article from the Editorial Board of the New York Times names some names. Plus more recent from the NYT about science being … Continue reading

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New Ohio exoneration casts worries about a ‘Sessions Effect’ on criminal justice

E I’m just coining a turn to a familiar forensic science phrase, but US Attorney General Session’s cancelling the NCFS ¬†(federal forensic forensics commission) has brought added attention to flawed ¬†police science long advertised as being a legal certainty. It … Continue reading

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“All Science is Provisional” Yet Legal Results are either “Guilty or Not Guilty” -Forensic Reform

A pretty good interview of one of the “outsider” (i.e. non-forensic) scientists on the National Commission on Forensics that is (was) on the Trump/Session hit list for non-renewal. He clearly speaks about the challenges to a “meeting of the minds” … Continue reading

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The US is Looking at Forensic Science real hard in the era of Trump/Sessions

The game and it’s players: 100 + days of DC powerbroker alt-facts on forensics are running up against years of real science facts, crime lab failures, and over 2000 exonerations. On and on it goes. The central theme seems to … Continue reading

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Bitemark victim Keith Harward talks to lame duck Forensic Science Commission

An ironic event occurred at the last meeting of the NCFS meeting in DC. Exoneree Keith Harward told them not to give up despite AG Sessions is taking all forensic science reform under his prosecutorial “wing.” Click pic to see … Continue reading

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Assault on Science persisting in the US Department of Justice – Updates

The War Over Forensic Science Started Well Before Jeff Sessions-Wired Critics worry ‘junk science‘ to reign as forensic panel ends– Chron.com QA: The U.S. Department of Justice scrapped independent forensics panel, but the scientific…– Science Magazine Matthew T. Mangino: The … Continue reading

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Alchemy, prosecutors, junk science and bitemarks – NY Times

This pic has gotten alot of action over the last few years. It originated at the University Buffalo School of Dentistry and shows plaster models of human teeth used at Dr. Mary and Peter Bush research center. Joining the accelerating … Continue reading

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Your Daily Crime Lab Scandal – Houston again – DAs scramble

Here we go with some real forensic news. Not the befuddled repartee from Jeff Sessions loving handwriting analysis and other police ‘forensics’ like bitemarks. Texas crime-scene errors put 65 cases under review, audit finds: Dozens of criminal prosecutions could be … Continue reading

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