Five commandments of “How to Reform Forensics” science and dumping the junk

I wrote to Radley in response to his concerns over the time to strike may have passed us by. I told him not to despair, I am not D-ABFO, but I can explain why there is never going to be a time when a Forensic Odontologist, such as myself, will be able to validate the claim that bitemarks are unique to the individual, to the exclusion of all others.

FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends

By Radley Balko May 5 at 3:24 PM


My favorite story of forensics malfeasance emerged from the North Carolina state crime lab a few years ago. I wrote about it at the time:

The relationships between SBI crime lab researchers and North Carolina prosecutors aren’t just cozy, they’re downright cuddly.The News & Observer reports that in one case two blood-spatter specialists ran through multiple experiments in order to produce even one that would make the blood patterns on a defendant’s shorts support the prosecution’s case. The two analysts are seen on video high-fiving after finally producing the desired result.

For those clinging to the notion that analysis in a law enforcement-managed laboratory can be independent, the newspaper uncovered prosecutor reviews of crime lab analysts indicating the contrary. In 2003, for example, prosecutor Ann Kirby, wrote in a review of a drug analyst, “If Lisa Edwards gets…

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