A good, if short, look at the admissibility of expert witness testimony and whether or not statistical data is a requirement for something to qualify.
Published by Taylor & Francis Online as an editorial in Forensic Sciences Research.
The first article has Michigan ties. Following up on a cold case led an Ohio medical examiner’s office to a fingerprint match and old files in Grand Haven that ID’d a man killed by a train in 1980. Via The Grand Haven Tribune
The second is another story of using ancestral DNA, this time to identify an abandoned child, which led to clearing a cold case on the other side of the country. From Forensic Magazine
Forty year old murder solved via family DNA search. The suspect identified was killed by police in 1982 following an escape from prison. Read the full article- Los Angeles Times
“Often investigators express confidence in their ability to spot a lie. The belief that it is relatively easy to catch a liar has been fueled by literature that often lists so-called secrets of nonverbal communication.” -Brian D. Fitch, Ph.D.
This is a pretty good overview of methods to detect lies and deception and a good jumping off point for those new to interview and interrogation. The endnotes also provide a useful resource for further reading.
Personally, I fail to see the intrusion on rights, but it’s an interesting article about DNA technology. Family searches aren’t even new, it’s something that’s been done for more than a decade in some places.
2017 CSI CONFERENCE
Training, Education and Technology
June 6, 7, & 8, 2017
Hilton Phoenix Chandler
2929 West Frye Road
Chandler Arizona USA
This will be the fourth year for the conference hosted by the International Crime Scene Investigators Association. This is a great opportunity for training and networking with other CSIs from across the United States and around the world. There may be space left for presenters if you are interested in giving a talk or doing a workshop and, of course, vendor support is always welcomed. Sadly I can’t be there this year, but it’s shaping up to be an excellent conference.
For more info see the conference page lined above or contact the conference chair: Daniel Desjardins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting article over at Forensic Magazine:
This is not a long article, but I found parts of it quite interesting. http://nij.gov/journals/277/pages/forensics.aspx
‘…the “growing debate among the scientific and legal communities” regarding the use of the terms “identification” or “individualization” in court to associate “an item of evidence to a specific known source.”‘
‘…the dilemma this scientific transition is causing for veteran forensics experts. “Examiners in some forensic science disciplines have been trained that if you aren’t certain about your result, you don’t say anything,”‘
‘”These people have been trained another way, and some view this effort as ‘You’re asking me to do a less competent job, because you’re asking me to pretend I’m uncertain when I’m certain, and you’re asking me to testify when I’m not certain.’