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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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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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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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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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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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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