201610.07
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The Costs of Corruption

“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins.”  William Pitt One person’s actions affected 24,000 guilty convictions.  Annie Dookhan lied–for years.  She “tested” samples in her crime lab without checking the samples out of the evidence lockers; she…

201607.20
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The Power of Science

Science. What does this word bring to your mind?  Maybe you think of test tubes and lab coats.  Maybe you imagine Albert Einstein and other brilliant, if eccentric individuals.  You see the double-helix from DNA, electrons clouding around a nucleus, microscopes showing organisms that are otherwise an invisible mystery. Amy Albritton’s life was dismantled by…

201507.13
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The Forensics Train Keeps on Wrecking

We’ve posted previous blogs discussing the state of forensic labs across the country, and one common refrain seems to be that many crime labs are unable to hire well-qualified analysts and forensic scientists due to budget constraints. This inability is consistent and is perpetuated by a failure to conduct proper testing, interviews, and background checks…