Flawed Forensics & Innocence Symposium at WVU College of Law, March 3-4 2016

West Virginia University College of Law is hosting a symposium on Flawed Forensics & Innocence on March 3-4, 2016.  Scholars, journalists, and practitioners will be discussing the challenges of using forensic evidence in the courtroom; Radley Balko of the Washington Post will be the keynote speaker.  From the symposium webpage: The criminal justice system in the […]

More Sinister? Not Just Stolen IDs but Stolen Fingerprints of 5.6 Million Federal Employees

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management now admits hackers didn’t take only personal information of 5.6 million present and previous federal employees – they took the fingerprints.  What implications will this have?  Read more here.

More Than Simply Financial Reticence to Test Rape Kits

Interesting article after the $79 Million in grants to DNA test backlogged kits – what else is preventing those kits from being tested?  Jessica Valenti opines that the dearth of testing is also due to myths about rape, victim-blaming, and a missing “ability to treat victims of sexual violence with respect.”  

Qualified Immunity Granted for Bite-Mark Experts in Robert Lee Stinson’s Wrongful Conviction Case

Radley Balko continues his excellent coverage of forensic odontology, or bite-mark evidence, this time examining a Seventh Circuit decision granting qualified immunity to bite-mark experts whose testimony led to a wrongful conviction.  Not just any wrongful conviction, but that of Robert Lee Stinson – a case that created the standard for admission of bite-mark evidence in […]

When even DNA testing can be influenced by cognitive bias

Dr. Itiel Dror is a leader in identifying cognitive bias in forensic analysis. Now, through his research, cognitive bias is becoming more apparent in DNA testing as well. Without blind testing, partial DNA profiles may become a “match” to a suspect even when that same partial match is possible with other individuals.  Read more from the reporters at the Marshall […]