Jay Koehler and John Meixner have written “An Empirical Research Agenda for the Forensic Sciences,” available now on SSRN. Here is the abstract: After the National Academy of Sciences issued a stunning report in 2009 on the unscientific state of many forensic science subfields, forensic science has undergone internal and external scrutiny that it had… Read More Koehler and Meixner on Empirical Research and Forensics
In Pinellas County, TX, a person accused of using a credit card skimmer to steal credit card information from unsuspecting 7-11 customers was identified using a “touch DNA test,” and a CODIS cold hit, ABC news reports.
True Allele DNA, which focuses on DNA mixtures, was used to exonerate an Indiana man who was released from prison yesterday. This is the first time True Allele testing has resulted in an exoneration. The exoneree, Darryl Pinkins, had been convicted in a 1989 rape. The True Allele test revealed that Pinkins’ DNA was not found… Read More True Allele DNA Used for First Time in Exoneration
Lucas Mentch, Maria Cuellar, William C. Thompson, and Clifford Spiegelman are re-examining the forensics in the Steven Avery case, sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, and with funding from the National Science Foundation – as described here. One goal is to assess whether blood found in the victim’s car during the Avery investigation… Read More Making a Murderer and Forensics
Kamal Shah was removed from his position as a lab technician last December after he was observed faking results in a drug case. In February, the state Attorney General notified county prosecutors to alert defense attorneys in drug cases in which Shah’s work was used. This past Wednesday, Cynthia McSweeney, the highest ranking official at the… Read More Criminal Investigation Underway for Lab Technician Who Faked Results
Annie Dookhan was released about a month ago after serving approximately 2 years and 4 months of a three- to four-year sentence after pleading guilty to faking laboratory tests that may have affected a thousand or more criminal cases. Dozens of defendants were released from prison in the aftermath of the scandal. It is believed… Read More Former Massachusetts Drug Lab Chemist Annie Dookhan Released from Prison
Defendant Sonia Caci was convicted of murder by arson for the 1991 death of her uncle in house fire. At trial, an expert testified that there was evidence of an accelerant on the decedent’s clothes and on some of the furniture. Six years later, seven independent expert found that the decedent likely died of a heart attack. A… Read More Delays and Lack of Compensation Plague Texas’s Junk Science Law