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Recent Posts in Forensic Science Category

Another Shaken Baby Story that Wasn't

The Daily Beast has a lengthy piece about a young couple accused of abusing their child based who did not. As described in the article, there is a growing awareness of problems in so-called ...
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"The False Promise of DNA Testing"

The Atlantic recently published a very informative article about how DNA testing has become less credible relevant and reliable as its use has grossly expanded based upon inadequate training, ...
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Disputed Diagnosis

Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the leading current areas of contention in the war over junk science in the courtroom. The Washington Post is publishing a series about the controversey including ...
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The End of Speeding Tickets and More

According to reports, speeding tickets may be a thing of the past in Europe as the E.U. may require cars to electronically detect speed limits and prevent cars from going over them. This blog has ...
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Google Will Drive Down Crime

Driverless cars are coming and, according to the AP, that foretells the end of millions of jobs for people who drive for a living and even Paul Krugman is impressed. It also means the end of ...
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Do Harris County Judges Want Crack Pipe Cases Back?

For all the ballyhoo in both primary races (yes, there are two) to be the next Harris County District Attorney about so-called "trace," "residue," or "crack-pipe" cases, ...
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Anarchy in the UK

Forensic misadventures aren't a uniquely Houston, Texas, or American problem. The BBC, Guardian, and other British news outlets have published numerous articles in the past week about the blunders ...
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Clicking Away at the Constitution

Thomas Merton remarked in a letter to Roman Catholic bishops in 1967 that, "some sociologists have estimated that within the lifetime of our younger generations a private room will become an ...
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A Tough Call (Updated)

A 19 year old Houston woman was arrested late last night for intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid. Bail was set in each case at $50,000, for a total of $100,000. This amount is ...
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Texas Likely to Ignore NTSB on Cell Phones

Today, the Houston Chronicle, citing TXDoT, reported that in 2010 there were 3,409 cell phone related accidents with 46 fatalities. The article was about the unlikelihood of Texas following the ...
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Oops!...We Did it Again

A jury of twelve people, who had no reasonable doubt about LaDondrell Montgomery's guilt, got it wrong. He was in jail when the robbery they convicted him of last month occurred. There is no doubt ...
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Video Evidence - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I recently told a jury in opening statements that they, "would see a video-recorded walk-through of the home the day after the fire, showing nothing packed, a cell phone still on a bedside table ...
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Candy Man Cases Still Being Unwrapped

It seems I'll never get away from the "Candy Man." Dean Corll, the so-called "Candy Man," was a serial killer Northwest Houston parents used for years as a cautionary tale to ...
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Fruit of the Poisonous Traffic Stop

Large amounts of drugs detected by drug-sniffing dogs are frequently the subject of news reports like this one from today's Houston Chronicle. The police apparently failed to inform to the ...
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Winehouse Pathology Illuminates DWI Laws

Revelations about the cause of the death of singer Amy Winehouse may help put Texas DWI laws into context. According to a CNN.com article today, her blood alcohol-level was 421 ml per 100 ml of blood ...
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A Tale of Two Executions

On Wednesday, the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis for his part in the death of an off-duty police officer. MSNBC had hours of coverage across various shows. The Vatican weighed in. The foreign ...
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27 Years in Prison for Nothing

Eyewitness testimony convicted Johnny Pinchback for Aggravated Sexual Assault in 1984. After twenty-six years in prison, almost his entire adult life, he has been exonerated by DNA evidence. Luckily ...
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Arson Fumes in Texas

Texas Governor Rick Perry today called for getting tough on arson. Tougher than what? Instead of making arson penalties more severe, Texas may want to focus on making fire investigations more modern. ...
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Expert Disqualified After 14 Death Sentences

Today the Texas Tribune published an article about a psychologist who examined fourteen individuals currently on death row who was recently disciplined by the Texas State Board of Psychologists. The ...
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