Forensic pathology - quality and mistakes

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Trial of Cardiff Three police collapsed due to human error, inquiry finds

Official report rules out corruption in disappearance of crucial evidence against 15 police staff accused of framing three men<p>The collapse of a trial of police officers accused of framing innocent men for murder collapsed due to human error, not corruption, an official report has concluded.<p>The …


Federal court: Despite ‘grossly negligent’ testimony that put two innocent men in prison, forensic experts can’t be sued

The Watch | Opinion<p>Steven Hayne. (Screen capture from an undated videotaped deposition.)<p>Regular readers of The Watch will by now be familiar with the …


An old vagrant's corpse is stuffed with newspaper after being raided for useful organs by two wisecracking surgeons. Lithograph, c.1901.

Murder and rape cases are among 80 in Suffolk and Norfolk involved in forensic manipulation inquiry

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 06:00 13 May 2017 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 11:00 13 May 2017<p>Inquiry into forensic evidence. Photo PA<p>Murder and rape are among the offences in 80 cases in …


Science and Pseudo-Science

[Revised entry by Sven Ove Hansson on April 11, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The demarcation between science and pseudoscience is part …


What Is Pseudoscience?

Drawing the boundary between science and pseudoscience isn't always straightforward.<p>Amid the clear extremes is a murky territory occupied by bad science, fraudulent science, and sometimes even religion. Is creation science, for example, an example of bad science, pseudoscience, or something else …


Ontario chief pathologist slammed for offering ‘incorrect’ opinions in court

As it became clear the dangerously flawed expert testimony of pediatric pathologist Dr. Charles Smith had led to serious miscarriages of justice, Dr. …


Drug-related deaths overburden Maryland medical examiner's office

The opioid epidemic that has claimed so many lives in Maryland is overwhelming the state medical examiner's office.The agency has exceeded national …

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Anatomy of Innocence

<b>Stories of the wrongfully convicted are brought to life in collaboration<br>with best-selling mystery and thriller writers in this harrowing …

20,000 Convicted Drug Offenders' Cases Will Get Thrown Out Thanks To This Rogue Chemist

Less than 1,000 cases are likely to go forward after Annie Dookhan's conviction over faked and tainted lab test results.<p>Some 20,000 convicted drug offenders in Massachusetts will likely have their cases thrown out because of a rogue state police chemist who brazenly fabricated evidence.<p>“What we’re …


Dr. Charles Smith, Ex-Forensic Pathologist, Left Trail Of Wrongful Convictions

TORONTO — The trail of devastation left by a once acclaimed forensic pathologist wound its way yet again through Ontario's top court Monday with the …


Police failure to quickly deploy forensic pathologist raises fears of 'missed murders'

Official Home Office study of 33 cases concludes nearly half should have been treated as suspicious deaths from outset<p>A Home Office study has raised fears that killers could literally be getting away with murder because the police are failing to call in a forensic pathologist soon enough when an …


First case dropped since forensic science blunders as CPS says it cannot proceed against drug driver following intervention from 'Mr Loophole'

The first case linked to allegations of a forensic science blunder has been dropped after the CPS said it cannot proceed against a drug driver.<p>It was revealed hundreds of criminal cases may be reviewed after two scientists, aged 47 and 31, at Randox Testing Services (RTS) in Manchester were …


Murder cases 'may well be' among convictions reviewed after forensic test 'tampering'

Murder convictions “may well be” among hundreds of cases under review after staff at a forensic science laboratory were accused of fiddling drug test data, a senior police officer has admitted.<p>Dorset Chief Constable Debbie Simpson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for forensic science, said …


Manchester lab's drug tests may have been manipulated

Two employees of Randox Testing Services arrested, with 484 police inquiries based on toxicology results under review<p>Hundreds of drug tests may have been manipulated by staff at a forensics lab, with almost 500 police investigations under review.<p>Two employees of Randox Testing Services (RTS), which …


Fighting “unique” toolmark testimony with science and an amicus brief

Much like bitemark “identification”<p>“In this case, a toolmark “expert” testified against James Genrich by assuring the jury that several of Genrich’s …


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Analysis and implications of the miscarriages of justice of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.

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Do MPs really want to limit the painstaking detective work of police?

The policing and crime bill will put justice under threat because it will impose unrealistic time frames on our vital investigations<p>“Justice takes time, and justice takes money”: that was my instructor’s mantra when I was training to be a police detective, 15 years ago.<p>Today I’m a senior officer …


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Too many dead bodies, not enough live ones slow Utah autopsy reports

The Utah office that receives about 3,000 bodies a year to determine cause of death is still trying to escape a vicious cycle, the state's chief …

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Forensic science cuts pose risk to justice, regulator warns

Financial pressures could compromise quality and lead to increased risk of miscarriages of justice, says Dr Gillian Tully<p>The government will damage British justice if it inflicts further cuts on forensic science, the official regulator has said.<p>Dr Gillian Tully warned in her annual report that …


Obama’s rhetoric on forensics is at odds with his record

On Wednesday, I wrote about how President Obama had missed a huge opportunity by not forcing the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies to implement the forensics reform recommendations put forth by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.<p>Coincidentally, just …


Essex police force admits failings in 'Goldfinger' murder case

Officers did not properly inspect gangster’s body for gunshot wounds or carry out background checks, inquest told<p>A police force has admitted failings in the handling of the murder of the notorious criminal John “Goldfinger” Palmer after officers mistook six gunshot injuries for surgery wounds.<p>At an …