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 […]

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 […]

210 Graduates in 40 states: Congratulations to the Graduates of ACS Gas Chromatography 12

Congratulations to the graduates of the 12th class of the American Chemical Society Hands-on Gas Chromatography class. This makes for 210 graduates in 40 states.   Today’s graduates include: First name Last Name State Tim Bussey CO Gregory Willis GA Thomas Addair KS John Thurston KS Barton Morris MI Neil Rockind MI Steven Hernandez NJ […]

NIST names OSAC Resource Committees

As many regular readers will recall, NIST is trying to end the Wild Wild West that is the modern practice of Forensic Science. Just moments ago, they released their latest appointees: An initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology […]

More problems in crime labs: Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (“OCME”) Controlled Substances Unit (“OCME-CSU” or “CSU”)

Delaware State Police (“DSP”) and the Delaware Department of Justice (“DDOJ”) initiated an investigation of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (“OCME”) Controlled Substances Unit (“OCME-CSU” or “CSU”). According to this news story, there were lots of problems found. June 19, 2014 Report shows flaws within Delaware drug lab By Shana O’Malley New details […]

NIST carries through on its promise-Appointments for FSSB released

In case you have been living under a rock, you have heard of the NIST OSAC movement to try to reform and standardize the practice of forensic science. You can read about the effort here: Why you should be impressed with the NIST OSAC structure: The taming of the Wild Wild West National Forensic Science […]

Another week, another forensic science scandal in Texas: HPD

Another week, another forensic science scandal in Texas: HPD Everything, they say, is bigger in Texas. It seems as if Texas has a new forensic science reported scandal every single week. The question is why? Why Texas? I have a theory: it’s the lawyers. Over the last 4 or so years, Texas has been on […]

Problems in Bexar County Texas Too-Integrated Forensic Laboratories LLC

Another day, another headline. Sigh. According to the below email and also the newspaper article, sadly here’s another issue with an accredited laboratory and Quality Assurance. Here is another one: Lab errors place Bexar DWI cases under scrutiny By Eva Ruth Moravec May 22, 2014 | Updated: May 23, 2014 11:38am SAN ANTONIO — Hundreds […]

Another day, Another Breath Test Scandal

Another day, Another Breath Test Scandal When will we just face facts, Breath Testing America just does not work any more. It is not useful. It perhaps served a purpose back in the 1950s, but today with blood testing and Gas Chromatography, it no longer is needed. Today’s story comes out of Colorado. Again, the […]

Brady notice in DUID cases at DPS Austin in Texas

Every once and a while, I get an email or a report that claims that the sender has never seen an incorrect analytical chemistry result come out of an accredited crime laboratory. I’m going to start publishing them when I get them. So, attorneys please send them in to us. Here is a fairly recent […]

The American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law Division Announces The ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS

***For immediate publication and sharing*** The American Chemical Society-Chemistry and the Law Division Announces The ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS   http://www.forensicchromatography.com/lawyer-scientist/   With more than 161,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s […]