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Assessing the reliability of a clothing-based forensic identification

According to the testimony of FBI forensic analysts, the patterns seen on denim are reliably unique and can be used to identify a suspect in surveillance footage. A paper published this week puts denim-pattern analysis through its paces, finding that it isn’t particularly good at matching up identical pairs of jeans—and may create a number of “false alarm” errors to boot.

U.S. Justice Department Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Expert Testimony and Lab Reports in Forensic Science

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday 3rd June 2016, the release of draft guidance documents governing the testimony and reports of the department’s forensic...

How Making A Murderer Will Change The Way We Think About Justice

Making a Murderer, the hugely popular Netflix documentary series, is predicted to change the way in which mainstream society interprets and discusses the law. Professor...

Man freed after 20 years for a murder he didn’t commit based on a wrong fingerprint identification

Beniah Dandridge was released on October 1st after the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) presented evidence showing that he is innocent of the murder for which he...

Court: Fingerprints alone don’t prove possession of a firearm

Fingerprints found on a weapon should not have automatically led to the conviction of a felon for illegally being in possession of a firearm,...

Canadian judge admonished for doing too much fingerprint homework

A judge in British Columbia has been admonished for stepping “into the fray” by conducting independent research about the reliability of fingerprint evidence found...

Crime Scene Investigator: ‘I’m not an expert’

The prosecution wrapped up its case Friday in the first-degree murder trial of Seth Fontenot and the defense team called its first witness, an...

Should texts, e-mail, tweets and Facebook posts be the new fingerprints in court?

In an episode of the CBS show “Criminal Minds” that aired last year , an FBI team is on a frantic hunt for a...

Forensic Reform in the Crime Lab and the Courtroom

The national effort to improve and advance forensic science experienced a significant setback last week when the only federal judge on the National Commission...

DNA and case preparation

What does the presence of an individual’s DNA on an item related to a crime actually mean in the context of the case circumstances? ...

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