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Category Archives: Forensic “science”
“Even Homer nods,” goes the saying, meaning that even the best can go off the rails now and then. So the great cognitive scientist Itiel Dror came up with a hypothetical study to show that forensic pathologists are more likely … Continue reading
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Exclusive Interview with the Hon. Judge Wool: Appellate Squawk: Judge, I understand you were a prominent member of the National Commission on Forensic Science asking some tough questions about the validity of these cop-created sciences. Judge Wool: I was, but … Continue reading
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A photo from the L.A. Times illustrating how a San Diego lab swabs DNA from cell phones. We fear this lab isn’t going to stay in business for long.
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In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report called “Prosecution Science is Hooey.” The official title was “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward” and the gist was that, whether it’s a … Continue reading
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