Science Thursday: A Michigan Prosecutors Claims Testimony Trumps Science
Marijuana test errors may have resulted in wrongful convictions in Indiana, a Michigan prosecutor values circumstantial evidence over scientific results, and researchers find a new way to process fingerprints using nanofibers. Here’s a roundup of forensics news:
The Texas Forensic Science Commission concluded, after its review of the Cameron Todd Willingham case, that
Texas fire officials should re-examine investigations based on antiquated and unscientific arson investigation methods
Audits of laboratory results found the Indiana State Department of Toxicology
revealed a 10% error rate
in the laboratory’s marijuana testing.
Space limitations at the Hamilton County crime lab may contribute to the contamination of evidence and may leave the laboratory
unable to complete testing for evidence needed at trial
A Michigan prosecutor dismisses the fact that flawed serology evidence may have imprisoned an innocent man
in Michigan by saying, “Science does not trump the testimony of individuals.”
Chinese researchers have developed a technique to
process fingerprints to make them visible
using a nanofiber mat incorporated with a fluorescent dye that is treated with heat.
A clinical forensic physician trains other physicians to
correctly diagnose non-fatal gunshot wounds
The Next Generation Identification System (NGI), developed by IBM and Lockheed Martin, will
incrementally replace the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)
. It claims to enhance latent print matching accuracy and will introduce palm print matching.
A forensic psychologist has been banned by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists from
performing the unscientific test he used to inflate IQ scores of defendants to qualify them for the death penalty
Closing the UK’s Forensic Science Service will reduce the number of forensic analyses taken on investigations because
private providers do not find them profitable
The Michigan State Police plan to use the bulk of the money appropriated to
reopen a full service crime lab in Detroit
to support other sites.
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