Category Archives: Junk Science

“Top 5 Junky Forensic ‘Sciences,’ or, ‘Why are forensics under fire now?’ “

My comment:

Scott Peterson is good famous example of junk dog-scent evidence ( Laci was actually killed by serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards, who even left a signed confession on the internet ).

Another example is bogus time-of-death estimates which underestimate uncertainty, see here ( another Edwards murder for which someone else was convicted ).

FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends

The veteran law enforcement, law and science blogger at Grits for Breakfast’ in TX has some sharp points to make about his picks for the worst in forensic methods. There are more than just bitemark “interpreters” which he includes in this list.

He does touch about the ‘War on DNA mixtures” examiners who overstated their confidence levels by a power of about 10 to the seventh power.


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Amanda Knox – The Period at the End of the Sentence.

The forensic evidence on this case was interesting, both the DNA results ( which showed contamination ) and the photos which showed the break-in was not staged as the prosecution claimed. However, there are also sloppy prosecutions in the United States, as the case of Richard Glossip shows ( see my blog earlier today ).

Wrongful Convictions Blog

Italy’s Court of Cassation has issued a final, formal opinion on the resolution of the Amanda Knox case.

It is a resounding exoneration of Knox and Sollecito, and a scathing indictment of a sloppy, inadequate, hastily contrived prosecution case.

See the ABC News story here.

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