A Comment on the Draft Documents from the National Commission on Forensic Science

Recently, the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) released a series of draft regulations through regulations.gov: Initial DRAFT Recommendation on AFIS Interoperability Initial DRAFT Recommendation on MECIN Initial DRAFT Recommendation on National Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for the Forensic Sciences odag153 2015_04_15 (Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting) Initial DRAFT Recommendation on Root […]

USADA presents at the ACS National Meeting about Doping in Sports

USADA presents at the ACS National Meeting about Doping in Sports   On March 23, 2015, Attorneys Justin J. McShane of The McShane Firm, LLC and Josh D. Lee of Ward, Lee and Coats moderated a symposium at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Denver, Colorado. The symposium concerned the chemistry and the law […]

DOJ does a 180 and puts discovery back into discussion for the NIST/DOJ National Commission on Forensic Science

In a dramatic turn of events as covered here in Federal Judge resigns from National Commission on Forensic Science and The Jed Rakoff and Matt Redle, co-chairs, Subcommittee on Reporting and Testimony Memo, US Senior District Judge Jed Rakoff resigned in protest from the National Commission on Forensic Science over the DOJ veto wielded by […]

The Jed Rakoff and Matt Redle, co-chairs, Subcommittee on Reporting and Testimony Memo

Breaking news I just received a copy of the joint memorandum that was co-authored by the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff and Matt Redle, co-chairs, Subcommittee on Reporting and Testimony that was forwarded to Brette Steele, ‎Senior Advisor on Forensic Science and Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. What strikes me on my first reading […]

Federal Judge resigns from National Commission on Forensic Science

The sole federal judge appointed to the NIST/DOJ  National Commission on Forensic Science has resigned in protest, according to his reported email, over what he feels is inappropriate attempt by the Department of Justice to restrict the scope of the Commission. In the resignation, Judge Rakoff makes very apt observations that highlight the defect in […]

Man Freed After Serving 35 years 11 months and 8 days in Prison for An Arson-Murder that Wasn’t

PRESS RELEASE Press Conference on Saturday January 24, 2015 at 1pm at The McShane Firm, LLC 3601 Vartan Way, 1st Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17110 all are welcome. Man Freed After Serving 35 years 11 months and 8 days in Prison for An Arson-Murder that Wasn’t (Harrisburg, PA and Bellefonte, PA)– In July 1979, James Hugney […]

Traceability… it’s for the dogs!

This adorable little wiry girl is “Sky” – or to be more accurate “GCh AfterAll Painting The Sky.” Americas most prestigious canine club named her the top dog at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Want to know more about Sky’s family tree? Thats easy. We can just hop on the internet and trace her […]

Low Copy Number DNA and Forensic Statistical Tool fail Frye test

Low Copy Number (LCN) DNA and a mixture DNA interpretation have been a subject of parts of blog posts here in the past. On November 7, 2014, Brooklyn based Justice Mark Dwyer has issued an opinion the LCN DNA and a specific type of diagnostic and alleged statistical tool for the interpretation of mixture DNA […]

TSA Agents Amanda Zug, Shawn Knaub and Kendall Bradley provide a teachable moment in cross-contamination and the need to adhere to contamination protocol

TSA Agents Amanda Zug, Supervisor Shawn Knaub and Manager Kendall Bradley provide a teachable moment in cross-contamination and the need to adhere to contamination protocol I begin this post with a declaration and acknowledgment upfront. I am a Trusted Traveler. I went through the application, background check, and less to obtain my Global Entry ID. […]

If true, this “Professor” Shawn Parcells = Poster Child For Forensic Reform

We have blogged on here a lot about the need for forensic science reform and how the current state of forensic science with no meaningful oversight is not unlike the Wild Wild West. Consider this reporting from CNN. If these claims of CNN turn out to be true, it is just amazing. Perhaps we have […]

Is your Crime Lab Out of Tune? What is a Tune Report and Why is it important in GC-MS work?

What is a Tune Report and Why is it important in GC-MS work? Would Eric Clapton ever play a concert or for a recording on an out-of-tune guitar? Of course not. The tune on a GC-MS instrument is as important if not more than the tune on Eric Clapton’s guitar. When the result matters, Clapton […]