California Supreme Court Grants Habeas to Richards in Bite Mark Case

The California Supreme Court has granted the habeas petition, in an opinion released today here, of William Richards – in his case, the prosecution bite mark expert had recanted his opinion.  The Court concluded that under a 2014 post-conviction statute in California that permits relief based on changed scientific understanding, Richard could obtain relief.  The original […]

Serology Review in Wake of Harward Exoneration

Frank Green of the Richmond-Times-Dispatch describes in this story how “A review of old blood-typing cases prompted by the recent exoneration of a man who spent 33 years in prison for a murder he did not commit won the blessing of the Virginia Forensic Science Board on Wednesday.” This pilot investigation will focus on 200 […]

CA Sct Reconsideration of Bite Mark Case

Read this about the California Innocence Project client Bill Richards’ case, which went before the state Supreme Court last week for reconsideration.  The forensic dentist’s recanted testimony he gave at Richards’ 1997 trial – Richards now seeks a new trial. “Richards was convicted in 1997 of beating his wife to death and sentenced to life in […]

Epigenetics in the New Yorker

Read here about controversy surrounding an account of epigenetics research in the last issue of the New Yorker.  The article is by Siddhartha Mukherjee – and in response, scientists, including Jerry Coyne, called the piece “superficial and misleading”due to its focus on “histone modification and DNA methylation,” while insufficiently discussion “transcription factors — proteins that attach to […]

Hannibal and DNA Tests of Horse Manure

From the New Yorker, here, as archaeologists have tried to assess what path the Carthaginian general Hannibal took, with soldiers, elephants, and horses, in the legendary crossing of the Alps: “Last month, a team of scientists published a two-part study suggesting that Hannibal and his ever-dwindling company of soldiers and animals took a southerly course, […]

NIST Colloquium on Quantifying the Weight of Forensic Evidence

A life webcast – you can read more about it here – on May 5-6.  “The technical colloquium aims to address different mathematical or statistical methods for quantifying the weight of evidence, their scientific underpinning, pros, cons, limitation as well as the criteria for applying such methods, and development of guidelines for the forensic science […]