Forensic pathology - quality and mistakes

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Evidence Matters

Science

Prosecutors slammed for ‘lack of moral compass,’ withholding evidence in widening Mass. drug lab scandal

Twice in recent years, chemists used by the state of Massachusetts to test drugs in criminal cases committed massive misconduct in their testing, affecting tens of thousands of cases. And twice, prosecutors in Massachusetts failed to act promptly to notify most defendants of the problem.<p>Instead, …

Massachusetts State Police

Morbid secrets of a forensic pathologist

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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 …

Crime

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 …

Crime

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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 …

Pseudo-science

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 …

Pseudo-science

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

Molloy has not yet ruled on whether France deliberately hit or punched Cruz in the stomach, or whether the trauma was caused by an accidental …

Scientific Research

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 …

Health Care

Anatomy of Innocence

IN STORES NOW!<p><b>Stories of the wrongfully convicted are brought to life in collaboration<br>with best-selling mystery and thriller writers in this</b> …

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 …

Crime

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

James Bain<p>ASSOCIATED PRESS<p><b>CONVICTED FOR:</b> Child Sex Abuse<p><b>AGE ON CONVICTION:</b> 19<p><b>AGE ON RELEASE:</b> 54<p><b>TIME SPENT IN JAIL:</b> 35 Years<p><b>CASE AND REASON FOR</b> …

Crime

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 …

Crime

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 …

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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 …

Research

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.

2016 Jul;23:9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2016.02.015. Epub 2016 Mar 3.<p>1Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Department of Forensic Biology, PO Box …

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 …

Crime

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

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2017, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for …