Browsing All posts tagged under »forensic science«

Yes! SCOTUS Lets Maryland Return to Arrestee DNA Testing

August 2, 2012 by

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Apparently, the Supreme Court has some sense when it comes to DNA testing. Maybe. We hope. Because, no foolin’, super serial you guys, DNA is the future of criminal justice. We can absolutely transform our entire criminal justice system with some policy changes on DNA. Chief Justice Roberts issued an opinion on Monday that effectively […]

Reducing Human Error in Fingerprint Analysis

June 8, 2012 by

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The human fingerprint has been used by law enforcement for over a hundred years. Until the development of DNA as a forensic tool, the fingerprint was the single most important type of crime-scene evidence. As a unique identifier, the fingerprint captured not only our forensic attention, but our collective armchair detective imaginations. Puddn’head Wilson, after […]

CrimeDime May 2012 Roundup

May 31, 2012 by

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You might have celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You – get it? get it?), Towel Day, or Geek Pride Day. Or maybe you just geeked out on CrimeDime. We hope you did, but in case you missed something, here’s what happened on CrimeDime in May. Victimization was the major theme of […]

4 Reasons A Lot of Forensic Science is Total Crap

May 17, 2012 by

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Alright, I admit, that headline is a bit sensational. The science itself isn’t all bad, it’s how it gets used and the failure of the criminal justice system to be sensible about science that leads to science being misused. So what’s gone wrong? Stated conclusions far exceed the reasonable limits of the science. If you […]

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