New Jersey Superior Court refuses to overturn conviction that involved bitemark testimony

In State v. Fortin, the court ruled that the testimony of expert Dr. Adam Freeman was permissible, denying the defendant’s argument that his testimony was based on an unreliable database of information. The database was information Dr. Freeman had collected through survey responses from a number of experts in bitemark evidence. “The survey requested information on… Read More New Jersey Superior Court refuses to overturn conviction that involved bitemark testimony

DNA and Strong Hunch Connect Serial Rapist to 1986 Abduction

A retired detective, Sgt. John Laurie, worked on an abduction case of a first-grade boy in Los Angeles in 1986. Recently, he recognized a suspect from the case on the news. He then called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s cold case unit. The unit was able to test DNA evidence collected in 1986 with the suspect’s sample, revealing… Read More DNA and Strong Hunch Connect Serial Rapist to 1986 Abduction

New Study on Lay Understanding of Forensic Statistics

Bill Thompson and Eryn Newman (both from UC Irvine’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society) have posted an interesting new study to SSRN. Here is the study’s abstract: Forensic scientists have come under increasing pressure to quantify the strength of their evidence, but it is not clear which of several possible formats for presenting quantitative… Read More New Study on Lay Understanding of Forensic Statistics