Following a civil settlement awarding $8 million to Sedrick Courtney, a man convicted of robbery but later exonerated by DNA evidence, the city of Tulsa announced that it will not audit all of the cases worked on by Carol Cox, a lab analyst accused of lying in Courtney’s case to obtain a conviction.
Read about the various ways that DNA can be transferred and what that means for suspects of crimes, here.
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
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
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
The CSAFE Kick-Off event will take place on October 26 and 27 in Ames, Iowa, where Iowa State University is located. The event begins on Monday at 5:30 pm with a reception and a poster session, followed by a lecture by Prof. Stephen Fienberg (Carnegie Mellon University). On Tuesday morning, ISU President Stephen Leath, and… Read More CSAFE Kickoff Event – Oct. 26-27
The ABFO remains the strongest advocacy group in favor of bite mark evidence, despite recent court decisions overturning convictions based on bite mark evidence. Learn more about the ABFO and standing of bite mark evidence in this Washington Post opinion piece.