The Supreme Court’s ruling this past week in McWilliams v. Dunn, on its face is about the ability of a defendant facing the death penalty to put on a meaningful defense case concerning mental health evidence. Thirty-one years ago, the Alabama trial court denied all of the defendant’s requests for expert assistance. And that is… Read More Due Process and Access to Experts
Last week the Hartford CT judge ordered Alfred Swinton, who had been imprisoned since 1991 freed. For coverage of Mr. Swinton walking free, see this article in the Harford Courant. He said: “Freedom, freedom. It feels so good.” New DNA tests on a range of evidence, including scrapings from the victims fingernails and DNA testing of saliva… Read More New DNA Reversal in Bitemark Case
Listen or read here as NPR’s Science Friday discusses the state of forensics. Suzanne Bell, describes: that there is a “big disconnect that has led people to believe that forensic science is fine—it’s in good shape, it’s funded, it’s supported—when in fact it’s not,” “If we’re not going to cough it up for justice, what are… Read More Science Friday on Forensics
A new paper by Bradford T. Ulery, R. Austin Hicklin, Maria Antonia Roberts, and JoAnn Buscaglia, titled “Factors associated with latent fingerprint exclusion determinations,” was recently published in FSI. Until July 7, it can be downloaded for free here. The authors noted the high rate of erroneous exclusions reported in their prior 2011 Black Box… Read More When do Fingerprints Exclude?
A story in the NYT, here, about research published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggesting that fake fingerprints prints that include common features. The researchers did not use a phone maker’s software, though, and apparently companies are investigating anti-spoofing protections. Chris Boehnen, of the federal government’s Odin program, said: “What’s concerning here… Read More Fooling Smartphone Fingerprint Readers?
A story here by Spencer Hsu on the decision by the Attorney General to end the National Commission on Forensic Science – and suspend a review of forensic science methods. The Post also made available an advance copy of the announcement of this decision.
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