A Call to Banish Non-validated Science in the Courtroom: A plea for scientific truth

A Call to Banish Non-validated Science in the Courtroom: A plea for scientific truth

It is an exciting time that we all in live. I am confident that when historians of the law look back at this time, they will point to this era as a corrective time where the exaggerations of some of the disciplines in forensic science. We are shifting from the “wild wild west” mentality of […]

The Innocence Project weighs in on forensic science mishaps and fraudulent science

The Innocence Project weighs in on forensic science mishaps and fraudulent science

As of December 14, 2010, there have been 261 exonerees according to The Innocence Project. 74 of the 261 cases are connected to defective or fraudulent forensic science.  That is over 28%. A new movie starring Hillary Swank in part exposes this phenomenon in Conviction.  It chronicles the false conviction of Kenny Waters.  From wikipedia: […]

DNA Contamination that is amazing!

DNA Contamination that is amazing!

This is the Phantom of Heilbronn.  The Phantom of Heilbronn was thought of as the most prolific murderer who was allegedly responsible for a whole rash of crimes from murder to burglary.  Quite a busy person.  So, busy that the Phantom was all across Europe doing what the Phantom does, I suppose, which is getting […]

Bayesian Based Metrology and DNA

Bayesian Based Metrology and DNA

A great friend and colleague of mine from Maryland recently had a trial involving mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that was used to “not exclude” his client as the donor of a particular hair found within the duct tape used to fashion a home-made silencer used to kill a lady. Leaving the use of mtDNA alone for […]

What constitutes a “match” in forensic science?

What constitutes a “match” in forensic science?

The concept of a match at first look blush seems rather elemental.  However, if we really were to think of it, the concept is indeed fungible.  In forensic science, there is no universally held definition across all disciplines or even within a disciple as to what constitutes sufficient similarity to evoke that coveted and magic […]