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22 Jan 2017, 4:13 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
A few odds and ends which merit Grits readers' attention:The Texas Senate zeroed out the budget for the Forensic Science Commission, despite that agency having been charged with licensing all forensic technicians by 2019. [read post]
28 Nov 2013, 7:40 am
As the NAS Report revealed, forensic analyses "are often handled by poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court." [read post]
17 Jul 2008, 7:49 am
For instance, their top finding was that "Of the 32 instances of forensic science malpractice shown above, only 1 was found to have occurred in an accredited laboratory. [read post]
14 Jun 2012, 4:49 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Last week at the Forensic Science Commission's "roundtable," a common lament was that there exists no state-level source of training and continuing education funds for forensic scientists and technicians comparable to those for prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges. [read post]
30 Nov 2009, 1:26 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
" The article is one of the first published in the MSM in Texas to fully explore the implications of conclusions published earlier this year by the National Academies of Science (NAS) that many common forensic techniques had no scientific basis and their validity had never been tested - particularly comparative disciplines where individual technicians seek to match patterns in everything from fingerprints to tire tracks to ballistics to bite marks. [read post]
7 Oct 2013, 5:00 pm
Mistakes by a single forensic technician has the potential to impact hundreds if not thousands of cases. [read post]
5 Feb 2009, 12:38 am
The report says such analyses are often handled by poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court. [read post]
14 Jul 2009, 1:28 pm
Forensic science is thus a great comfort to those who have been affected by the crime and a valuable tool for the criminal law and justice departments in fighting crime and bringing it to book. ------------------------------------------------ *This article is written by Kat Sanders, who regularly blogs on the topic of forensic science technician schools at her blog Forensic Scientist Blog. [read post]
16 Sep 2009, 7:46 am
"Just how scientific is forensic science? [read post]
15 Jul 2012, 5:15 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Because of funding sources, most Texas university forensic programs, from what I know - with a few notable exceptions like the "body farms" at SHSU and Texas State - seem focused more on training forensic technicians than performing primary research. [read post]
6 Aug 2018, 7:52 am by [email protected]
Many of the forensic analysis techniques used to secure convictions in the 1980s and 1990s have been debunked as ‘junk science. [read post]
6 Aug 2018, 7:52 am by [email protected]
Many of the forensic analysis techniques used to secure convictions in the 1980s and 1990s have been debunked as ‘junk science. [read post]
22 Jan 2019, 3:00 am by Tinker Ready
Problems with forensics at the FBI crime lab continue, 25 years after a whistleblower flagged the agency for sloppy science, according to a story from independent news source ProPublica. [read post]
18 Nov 2015, 7:27 am by Gritsforbreakfast
Forensic sciences taken down a pegNews first broken on this blog that DNA mixture evidence involved subjective interpretation by technicians using non-standard methodologies and often dubious probability calculations has completed the circle begun with the publication of the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report, "Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward. [read post]
16 Oct 2013, 12:35 pm by Michael Lowe
Willingham was convicted anyway and later executed; after his death, that flawed forensic evidence was questioned and analyzed, putting the Texas Forensic Science Commission under real scrutiny by the news media and others. 3. [read post]
8 Jan 2014, 1:10 pm by Michael Lowe
The new law allows Texas judges to overturn convictions upon a showing that forensic evidence used to get a conviction is bad forensic science or “junk science. [read post]
5 May 2009, 10:39 am
It was faulty forensic science and lack of professional standards that prompted a former Houston Police Department crime lab technician to testify falsely in the rape and robbery trial of Gary Alvin Richard in 1987. [read post]
8 Sep 2011, 6:00 pm by Gritsforbreakfast
My boss Jeff Blackburn from the Innocence Project of Texas was in town today for the Forensic Science Commission meeting and we sat down for a recorded chat, the second-ever Grits podcast, fwiw. [read post]
28 Oct 2011, 7:01 am by Forensic Science Technician
When looking for an education as a forensic science technician, there can be many questions. [read post]