OSAC Lexicon – online dictionary for forensics

A new registry of terms used in forensics and definitions – here – e.g. here are ten different definitions of “identification” : Identification  In computer forensics, a process involving the search for, recognition and documentation of potential digital evidenceDigital Evidence, Facial Identification, Video/Imaging Technology & Analysis (Digital / Multimedia) 02/23/18 Identification  In facial identification, a […]

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The Myth of the Reliability Test

A new piece by Chris Fabricant and I is now posted on ssrn here.  Below is the abstract: The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and subsequent revisions to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, was supposed to usher a reliability revolution. This modern test for admissibility of expert evidence is […]

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Testimonial Monitoring

I’ve long thought it extremely important that testimony in court by forensic analysts be routinely read and reviewed by supervisors, to ensure accuracy, consistency, and professionalism.  The DOJ importantly just announced in a memo, here, a program to do just that.  The introduction to the memo reads: Testimony monitoring is a quality assurance measure by […]

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DOJ Approved Uniform Language for Latent Fingerprint Comparisons

On February 21, the DOJ released this document, setting out uniform language for latent print comparisons.  It sets out definitions for source identification, inconclusive and exclusion conclusions and sets out certain qualifications and limitations.  Below are excerpts. Source Identification ‘Source identification’ is an examiner’s conclusion that two friction ridge skin impressions originated from the same […]

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