English Law Society promotes pro bono work

This is a late-August press release from the English Law Society.  I can see the logic to it – time will tell whether it works and, indeed, whether it is welcomed by the legal fraternity. Law Society extols marketing benefits for law firms giving free legal services A commitment to free legal advice could be …

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Germs….

Although this isn’t related to forensic science, it is, nonetheless, interesting.  It’s written by Ed Maden who is listed as a forensic, fire, flood, mold inspection & remediation/restoration contractor. He writes that he was recently asked about which area of a house is the dirtiest or collects the most dirt.  A precis of his answer …

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US execution: not arson

This is a news item that has popped up many times over the past few days.  If the reporting is accurate then it is a classic example of how things can go wrong in a scientific investigation. “Faulty fire investigation led to execution Associated Press A fire investigation that led to the execution of a …

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Freckle analysis: pattern matching at its freshest

I found this article (www.sew.org.uk) but it has no date on it or author.  It’s an interesting application of pattern matching.  As a Defence Expert I would be bound to ask about the validity of the interpretation – what is the database of freckle patterns?  However, logically it seems that if the pattern matches there’s …

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Fabrication of DNA evience: revisited

I have been keeping an eye on media reports about the issue of fabrication of DNA evidence and everyone seems to be very excited about it, particularly how it will bring forensic science crashing to the ground and CSI ratings will plummet. However, if one thinks about it, fabrication of any evidence type is not …

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Forensic palynology strikes again

If anyone had any doubts about the use or application of forensic palynology then surely they should be dispelled by now.  Work completed by Dr Dallas Mildenhall, based here in sunny New Zealand, helped Interpol arrest and charge three Chinese man in relation to production and distribution of counterfeit drugs.  The pollen content of samples …

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US Forensics: seems to be a bit of a mess…

I have been surprised at the lack of continuity in the forensic science profession in the United States.  I assumed (apparently incorrectly) that with all those scientists, forensic labs and cutting edge research institutes that they would be ahead of the game in terms of accreditation and recognition of forensic scientists and the associated techniques.  …

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An interesting read: For Great Justice!

This article was written by Michael Oliver of Salient (Victoria University of Wellington’s student  magazine, salient.co.nz) and posted on scoop.co.nz on 17 August 2009 It’s a very interesting article about the New Zealand justice system and I find many things for consideration within it…..: “The Supreme Court building currently sits in bits on Lambton Quay’s …

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Job losses at the UK Forensic Science Service

Well, it looks like the rumours were true – the UK Forensic Science Service is going to be making people redundant, with up to 800 jobs set to go throughout England and Wales and three of the labs being closed or reduced.  The FSS is apparently trying to change the way it does business and …

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Fabrication of DNA evidence

This is interesting…. DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show By ANDREW POLLACK Published: August 17, 2009, NYTimes.com Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing …

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