Tag Archives: Problem with Police Forensic labs

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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Permalink to Attorney urges Illinois to review convictions based on debunked science

Attorney urges Illinois to review convictions based on debunked science

In the past few years, we have seen an enormous change in forensic science and technology.  In many cases, techniques that were commonplace in the past have been shown to be found to be lacking by science and therefore not suitable to be used. (See The McShane Firm secures the release of a man after […]

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Permalink to 5 Ways the Criminal Justice System is Compromised by Bad Forensics

5 Ways the Criminal Justice System is Compromised by Bad Forensics

Fraudulent practices and bad science are nothing new at crime labs unfortunately.  There have been many recent cases which highlight this.  One of the most notorious has been the case of Annie Dookhan.  According to the New York Times: Ms. Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to 27 counts, including perjury, obstruction of justice and tampering […]

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Permalink to New Ruling Clears the Way for Thousands to Challenge based on False Forensics

New Ruling Clears the Way for Thousands to Challenge based on False Forensics

The name Annie Dookhan has become synonymous with false fabricated forensics.  She is a personification of everything that is wrong with crime labs across the nation. According to the New York Times: Ms. Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to 27 counts, including perjury, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, and was sentenced to three […]

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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 NTSB Recommends Cutting the DUI limit from .08 to .05

NTSB Recommends Cutting the DUI limit from .08 to .05

Yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that states reduce the allowable blood-alcohol concentration for DUI from 0.08% to 0.05%  claiming that it will make the roads safer.  Unfortunately, this recommendation has no scientific backing and will result in many more false arrests if adopted. It is based upon a belief not founded in […]

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Permalink to Bad Haircuts and Bad Blood Tests

Bad Haircuts and Bad Blood Tests

In Pennsylvania you need a license to cut hair.  There is a state mandated examination that has two parts practical and theoretical.  There is a biennial licensing fee. There is a central body: The State Board of Barber Examiners. All to ensure the we don’t get bad hair cuts. However, to be a lab technician […]

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Permalink to Tiger Woods’ Bad Drop and Police Crime Labs

Tiger Woods’ Bad Drop and Police Crime Labs

Everyone has to live by the rules. Tiger Woods is immensely popular and is credited with bringing the sport of golf unprecedented attention.  Golf existed long before Tiger but not with the same TV coverage, endorsements and crowds in attendance.  If anyone should have a rule waived in their favor it would be Tiger. But […]

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Permalink to Breaking News: Blood Tests Invalid in Lebanon County

Breaking News: Blood Tests Invalid in Lebanon County

A ruling by all of the judges in the Court of Common Please in Lebanon County has rendered DUI blood tests inadmissible there. The issues stems from problems with the way Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) conducts blood tests.  There are two main issues that the court found: 1. The Use of Supernatant vs. Whole Blood […]

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Permalink to Common Mistakes Made by Police in Harrisburg

Common Mistakes Made by Police in Harrisburg

Many people believe that when they are arrested for a DUI that they are doomed to a conviction.  This is not true.  Many cases that look like an open-and-shut case for the prosecution can fall apart on close examination. One of the main reasons for DUI cases to be dismissed or arrive at a not […]

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