Tag Archives: Forensic Science

Permalink to Is Scientific Evidence Really Accurate?

Is Scientific Evidence Really Accurate?

  When a forensic science analyst’s testimony is brought to the courtroom, along with its test tubes and white lab coats, many times a jury accepts it as “scientific fact.” Juries are left with the impression that the evidence is more scientific than it actually is.  However, many times faulty forensic data leads to wrongful […]

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$814,000 Grant to Make the Criminal Records System More Effective in PA

According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Pennsylvania police departments failed to collect the background data on over 1,500 felons.  That means 1 out of every 9 times, police failed to do their most basic of jobs. To improve this worrisome trend, the PCCD has just been awarded a $814,000 grant from […]

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Permalink to FBI “experts” help convict a man using hair analysis, Except the hair was from a dog

FBI “experts” help convict a man using hair analysis, Except the hair was from a dog

This is abhorrent-  a travesty of justice. For decades, FBI hair analysis “experts” gave FALSE testimony in court to help their prosecution buddies: The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal […]

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Permalink to Does your attorney really understand DUI testing?

Does your attorney really understand DUI testing?

DUI blood testing is very complex.  There are specific scientific procedures which need to be followed in order to produce a valid result.  The only way to challenge the result is to know the science behind the tests better than the state experts. This is the big question that you must ask yourself about your […]

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Permalink to Attorney McShane Presents at the Center for Studies of Law in Action at the University of Indiana

Attorney McShane Presents at the Center for Studies of Law in Action at the University of Indiana

Attorney Justin McShane of The McShane Firm was asked to be part of the faculty at the Robert F. Borkenstein Center for Studies of Law in Action at the University of Indiana at their high level toxicologist training entitled “The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance and Behavior” held on September 22nd-26th, 2014 at the Chemical […]

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Permalink to The ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation

The ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation

The paradigm is shifting again. Advancements in science in technology have changed every aspect of our lives.  It wasn’t too long ago that we used to have telephone booths.  Now mobile phones have made them relics of an ancient era. No one had a personal computer. Now, all but few have cell phones that have […]

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Permalink to Is Pennsylvania’s Refusal Enhancement for DUI Blood Cases Constitutional?

Is Pennsylvania’s Refusal Enhancement for DUI Blood Cases Constitutional?

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion in the case of Missouri v. McNeely. While the core holding of the case will not impact Pennsylvania, in the reasoning and the dicta (the text of the opinion) it is quite clear that Pennsylvania’s current laws (75 PaCSA 3804) for sentencing enhancement […]

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Permalink to Attorney McShane’s Efforts Featured on C&EN

Attorney McShane’s Efforts Featured on C&EN

This week, I was invited to speak at the American Chemical Society (ACS) 2013 Spring National Meeting in New Orleans.  I was part of a panel which examined the validity and limitations in forensic science. Our session was featured on C&EN best of the conference picks. C&EN Picks – New Orleans National Meeting: Wednesday April […]

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If We Didn’t Have DNA He Would Have Been a Goner

Imagine being 19 years old and spending 9 months in jail for a crime you did not commit.  This is the sad case of T.G. Fortunately, this sad story has ended due to the efforts of Shawn Dorward of The McShane Firm who  fought tirelessly and eventually got the charges dropped. T.G.’s case is a […]

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Permalink to Innocence! Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law features the Innocence Project and Wrongful Convictions

Innocence! Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law features the Innocence Project and Wrongful Convictions

The Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Society’s Chem­istry and the Law Divi­sion and its Foren­sic Sci­ence Co-Chairmen, Justin McShane, Esq. of Har­ris­burg, PA and Josh D. Lee, Esq. of Vinita, OK, are proud to announce a full-day pre­sen­ta­tion on the work of the Inno­cence Project. Foren­sic Sci­ence often plays a tragic role in the con­vict­ion and wrong­ful impris­on­ment […]

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