UK Forensic Science Regulator publishes guidance document on cognitive bias

The UK Forensic Science Regulator recently published a guidance document entitled “Cognitive Bias Effects Relevant to Forensic Science Examinations”.  You can read the document — which discusses different categories of bias, general conditions impacting the risk of biasing effects, bias mitigation strategies, as well as discipline-specific discussion and recommendations — at the link below.  The […]

Flawed Findings of Montana Expert Leads to Discussion of Experts’s Role in Litigation

Recently, a Montana Forensic Pathologist, Thomas Bennett, came under fire for conducting flawed autopsies on children. While all of Bennett’s cases are not being reviewed at this time, the controversy in Montana has led to revamping the office and discussing the importance of having more forensic pathologists on staff to verify findings. A debate has also ensued about the […]

Japan Adopts New DNA Technology and Innocence Project-Based Program

Prosecutors in Japan have a 99% conviction rate, chiefly due to the ubiquity of confessions in criminal cases. Recently, Japan has embraced various forensic science procedures, modeled after those practiced in the United States, to evaluate evidence in criminal cases. Additionally, a new program at the College of Policy Science and Graduate School of Policy Science […]

Maryland rules that DNA evidence is not automatically admissible under state statute and is subject to the Frye-Reed standard of admissibility

Maryland’s DNA Admissibility Statute set forth discovery and notice requirements for admitting DNA evidence, as well as setting out standards for the DNA testing. Any DNA testing had to be conducted in accordance with the standards of the Technical Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (TWGDAM) and the DNA Advisory Board. If the DNA evidence met […]

Ohio Considers Sex-Crime Bill; Expands Crimes in Which DNA is Collected

The Ohio legislature is currently considering a bill that would expand the list of crimes in which offenders are required to hand over DNA to the state. These crimes include voyeurism, public indecency, soliciting a prostitute and prostitution. Some legislators, who believe that career criminals can be connected to larger crimes via these misdemeanors, support the […]

New Technology Speeds Up Investigations in Camden

The Camden County Police Department has hired experts in forensics and obtained new technology that allows them to conduct DNA testing and other crime scene investigative work on-site, rather than shipping off the evidence to Trenton, where it could take anywhere from eight months to a year to obtain results. The Department hopes that a quick […]