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 […]

Grisham on Flawed Forensics – Read the Transcript

John Grisham wrote a powerful op-ed, here, today in the L.A Times, discussing causes of wrongful convictions, including flawed forensic evidence.  He notes, citing to data that I’ve collected, that “Of the 330 people exonerated by DNA tests between 1989 and 2015, 71% were convicted based on forensic testimony, much of which was flawed, unreliable, […]

March 26 Forensics, Statistics and Law conference at UVA

Experts in forensics, statistics and the law will convene for a conference at the University of Virginia School of Law on March 26 to mark the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc., which reshaped how judges evaluate scientific and expert evidence. Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. […]

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

Read Tim Requarth’s piece in Slate here about the gripping and important new book by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington.  Requarth quotes from the book: The primary antagonists in this story are Steven Hayne, the state’s former de facto medical examiner, and Michael West, a prolific forensic dentist. A third is the state of Mississippi […]

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 […]

Turkey DNA and Mesa Verde

For Thanksgiving – Science describes how mitochondrial DNA testing of wild turkeys is apparently being used to suggest what might have happened to the ancient Anasazi people.  “The researchers compared the genetic material from Mesa Verde turkeys to turkeys found in the northern Rio Grande region before and after the Ancestral Puebloans disappeared.” And “Before […]