Raymond Santana talks about the nightmare of innocence at the 2012 ACS Fall meeting (Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law)

Raymond Santana talks about the nightmare of innocence at the 2012 ACS Fall meeting (Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law)

On August 20, 2012, the American Chemical Society at its biannual meeting held a special Presidential Seminar called “Innocence! The  Work of the Innocence Project.” It was funded by The McShane Firm, LLC and presented through the Chemistry and the Law Division and the Forensic Science, Chemistry and the Law subdivision. At the presentation, were three exonerees. […]

Some random thoughts on forensic science

Some random thoughts on forensic science

While at the ACS press conference last week, I was asked by an international reporter my thoughts on the current state of affairs in Forensic Science by a Brazilian science reporter. I wanted to share my answers with you all and see if there are different points of view that may be out there. So […]

Justice be done: Frederic Whitehurst leads the way

Justice be done: Frederic Whitehurst leads the way

Our regular guest blogger here, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, JD, PhD was featured for his courageous work in exposing invalid science with the FBI. He is a true American hero! Way to go Dr. Whtiehurst! Dr. Whitehurst will be presenting the Donald Gates case and his efforts at the American Chemical Society national meeting and the […]

Williams v. Illinois: The Confrontation Clause Rights in light of modern forensic science

Williams v. Illinois: The Confrontation Clause Rights in light of modern forensic science

On December 6, 2011, the Unites States Supreme Court heard argument in the case of Williams v. Illinois. The transcripts of the oral argument can is available on the Supreme Court of the United States website. Some information so you can understand the facts and the subsequent analysis that I offer: Summary of the Facts: […]

A collosial waste of taxpayer money all in the name of forensics

A collosial waste of taxpayer money all in the name of forensics

I have seen a lot of government waste all in the name of forensic science, but this one is utterly foolish. It needs nothing but it’s straight fact reporting… Flashy $330,000 DNA Bus Bought by County Designed by the company that built Dr. Oz’s jumbo bus, the vehicle will collect DNA samples and serve as […]

New CODIS guidelines from the FBI draws criticism

New CODIS guidelines from the FBI draws criticism

We have blogged before on some issues in DNA and in terms of CODIS and the various DNA databases: DNA Contamination that is amazing! Another example of flat out bad forensic science: Bad DNA results Bayesian Based Metrology and DNA What constitutes a “match” in forensic science? Physical evidence is often the most important evidence Now […]

The Forensic Science of the identification of Osama bin Laden

The Forensic Science of the identification of Osama bin Laden

The Forensic Science of the identification of Osama bin Laden President Barack Obama announced yesterday (5/1/2011) that Osama bin Laden had been killed. As historic and newsworthy as that event is, this post isn’t about that event. Instead, this post is about the technology and the science mostly likely used that lead to the confident […]