Forensic pathology - quality and mistakes

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Two FBI officials say the state of forensics is fine. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Last October, the Fordham University Law School hosted a symposium on forensics and how they’re used in the courtyard. Presenters then wrote up their presentations for publication in the March 2018 Fordham Law Review.<p>I want to address an essay by Alice R. Isenberg and Cary T. Oien, titled …

Criminology

Cook County medical examiner reviewing more than 200 cases handled by fired pathologist

The Cook County medical examiner's office is taking the unusual step of reviewing the entire caseload of a pathologist who was fired the end of last year, so far changing eight findings with nearly 200 cases still to be re-examined.<p>“They were clerical errors and then there were some errors with his …

Here’s Why the Rival Autopsies of Sacramento Police Shooting Victim Stephon Clark Don’t Line Up – Mother Jones

On Tuesday, the Sacramento Police Department released the county coroner’s office’s report on the autopsy of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed …

Sacramento Police Release Stephon Clark Autopsy, Calls Family Private Findings 'Erroneous'

The Sacramento Police Department released the Sacramento County coroner's autopsy of Stephon Clark on Tuesday, with the coroner calling information …

The science that could revolutionise time measurements in forensic investigations

Forensic science techniques are of incredible benefit in criminal investigations. But while they can help reveal who a piece of evidence came from or …

How Families Pay for San Joaquin Coroner Mistakes

In case notes about his Oct. 6 call with Zavala, Sgt. Reynolds recounted, “I explained how the incident occurred, our actions upon discovering it …

San Joaquin County Sheriff Stripped of Role in Death Investigations

Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations.<p>In San Joaquin County and most other California counties a forensic pathologist determines the cause of …

3 On Your Side Investigates: Grave Consequences

Mississippi's state crime lab examines hundreds of bodies every year and call those procedures autopsies. However, some medical experts don't, …

The Dark, Corrupt World of Forensic Science in China

Wang Xuemei's resignation in protest of false autopsy reports reveals a process rife with political meddling.<p>On August 17, Wang Xuemei, a leading female forensic scientist, announced she was quitting as vice president of the Chinese Forensic Medicine Association, the most authoritative and highest …

The dangers of misinterpreted forensic evidence | Ruth Morgan

Death of Judge Loya: Post-mortem Examination Was Manipulated Under Directions of Doctor Related to Maharashtra Cabinet Minister

A two-month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the post-mortem examination of the judge BH Loya at the department of forensic medicine …

State can’t pay key out-of-state witness in murder case, DA says

The former pathology fellow who conducted Elvira Segura’s autopsy has refused to return to New Mexico to be interviewed in Robert Mondrian-Powell’s …

Forensics service under scrutiny, ministry outlines needed improvements - Cyprus Mail

By Elias Hazou<p>The ministry of health has identified a number of ways of improving the forensic pathology service, following a recent case where it …

Bad science puts innocent people in jail — and keeps them there

In 2009, a Mississippi jury convicted Christopher Brandon of killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son. Brandon claimed that the boy fell off a bed and struck his head on a toy, but the state’s expert witness, a controversial medical examiner named Steven Hayne, testified that the child had the …

National Academy of Sciences

The uncomfortable questions once again being asked of Ontario’s chief pathologist

To borrow from the immortal words of the Talking Heads in Once in a Lifetime, “And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”<p>How can it be that …

Graduate School

The crisis in the Criminal Justice System | Garden Court North

04 Mar 2018<p><i>This article is based on a talk given by Mark George QC in February 2018 at the Miscarriages of Justice Conference in Manchester.</i><p>Everyone …

Chris Grayling

Giles Maskell: Impossible errors

Hindsight bias is a real and very powerful phenomenon, and not just in radiologyThere is a discipline in academic law concerned with what are known …

Accuracy of diagnostic tests read with and without clinical information: a systematic review. - PubMed

CONTEXT:<p>Although it is common practice to read tests with clinical information, whether this improves or decreases the accuracy of test reading is …

Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners.

2017 Mar;57(2):144-154. doi: 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005. Epub 2016 Dec 3.<p>1School of Law, UNSW, Sydney 2052, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: …

Avoiding blame and liability is vital to learning from errors and engineering a safer NHS

<b>Helgi Johannsson and William Rook</b>Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician who was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Jack …

Shambles of the bullying coroner suspended for misconduct yet back in £120k job

WHEN Chinyere Inyama landed his dream job in the judiciary, he declared his ambition was: “To be the best coroner full stop.”<p>Instead he reigned as a …

Regulator says UK forces failing to meet standards, with routine outsourcing of great concern<p>Police forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the government’s forensic regulator has said.<p>In her annual report, Gillian Tully …

Forensics

When Susan Nicholson was found dead on her sofa in 2011, the police decided it was an accident, even though a previous partner of her boyfriend, Robert Trigg, had died in similar circumstances. Why did her parents have to fight such a long battle for justice?<p>Early on the morning of 17 April 2011, …

Crime

Robert Trigg guilty of killing two girlfriends five years apart

<b>A man has been found guilty of killing two girlfriends five years apart.</b><p>Robert Trigg, 52, was convicted of the murder of 52-year-old Susan Nicholson in 2011, and the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, 35, in March 2006.<p>Trigg, of Park Crescent, Worthing, West Sussex, had denied the charges, claiming …

Row between police and coroner emerges at trial of chef accused of killing girlfriend

A row between police and the coroner over a £4,000 bill has emerged at the trial of a chef accused of killing his girlfriend.<p>Police investigating the death of the mother refused to pay for a Home Office pathologist because they only wanted a "routine" examination done, a murder and manslaughter …

Sacked fingerprints expert awarded £400k after police chiefs refuse to give her job back

Fiona McBride was dismissed in 2007 over her role in the infamous Shirley McKie case but later had the dismissal overturned.<p>A sacked fingerprint …

An NJ.com Special Investigation — Chapter 8: The 40-Year Crisis

New Jersey

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

<b>A shocking and deeply reported account of the persistent plague of institutional racism and junk forensic science in our criminal justice system, and</b> …

Hands removed, findings changed: Pathologists say San Joaquin sheriff ‘does whatever he feels like doing’

Hands chopped off bodies; corpses left to deteriorate; doctors pressured to classify officer-involved deaths as accidents rather than homicides: San …

Crime