News 05.05.11

Science Thursdays: Scientists Urge Review of Cases Based on Bad Science

Forensic scientists support reexamining cases that are based on obsolete science, researchers use a new method of fragmentation to evade digital forensics and animal cruelty experts enlist forensic scientists in an investigation. Here’s a roundup of forensics news:

Forensic scientists advocate for a “

duty to correct

” – a reexamination of older cases where findings may have been based on obsolete science.

Researchers found that

defragmentation

is more effective than encryption in evading digital forensics.

Sonoma County supervisors approved a one-year extension of the county’s contract with the private company whose botched autopsies were revealed by a recent PBS Frontline

investigation

. Ontario’s highest court has

acquitted

a man who was found guilty in the death of his infant son based on testimony from disgraced forensic pathologist Charles Smith.

A

Minnesota

newspaper highlights the work of a local forensic anthropologist. 

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is undertaking an animal cruelty investigation and has enlisted international forensic experts to excavate a

mass grave of 100 sled dogs

.

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