Month May 2016

California Supreme Court Grants Habeas to Richards in Bite Mark Case

The California Supreme Court has granted the habeas petition, in an opinion released today here, of William Richards – in his case, the prosecution bite mark expert had recanted his opinion.  The Court concluded that under a 2014 post-conviction statute in… Continue Reading →

24,000 Plus Dookham Cases

The Boston Globe reports here that the ACLU finally obtained through litigation a list of cases potentially affected by ex-state chemist Annie Dookham’s work – a full “quarter of the successful prosecutions by the district attorneys that used her laboratory.”… Continue Reading →

Serology Review in Wake of Harward Exoneration

Frank Green of the Richmond-Times-Dispatch describes in this story how “A review of old blood-typing cases prompted by the recent exoneration of a man who spent 33 years in prison for a murder he did not commit won the blessing… Continue Reading →

CA Sct Reconsideration of Bite Mark Case

Read this about the California Innocence Project client Bill Richards’ case, which went before the state Supreme Court last week for reconsideration.  The forensic dentist’s recanted testimony he gave at Richards’ 1997 trial – Richards now seeks a new trial. “Richards… Continue Reading →

Epigenetics in the New Yorker

Read here about controversy surrounding an account of epigenetics research in the last issue of the New Yorker.  The article is by Siddhartha Mukherjee – and in response, scientists, including Jerry Coyne, called the piece “superficial and misleading”due to its focus on… Continue Reading →

Hannibal and DNA Tests of Horse Manure

From the New Yorker, here, as archaeologists have tried to assess what path the Carthaginian general Hannibal took, with soldiers, elephants, and horses, in the legendary crossing of the Alps: “Last month, a team of scientists published a two-part study… Continue Reading →

DNA Testing for all Visitors to Kuwait

Kuwait is now the first country in the world making DNA testing mandatory for all visitors – any who do not comply face a $33,000 fine.  ScienceAlert reports, noting that  – “While countries such as the US, Australia, the UK,… Continue Reading →

NIST Colloquium on Quantifying the Weight of Forensic Evidence

A life webcast – you can read more about it here – on May 5-6.  “The technical colloquium aims to address different mathematical or statistical methods for quantifying the weight of evidence, their scientific underpinning, pros, cons, limitation as well… Continue Reading →

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