Murderers and rapists could have convictions quashed after police reveal thousands of forensics tests may have been compromised – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of convicted criminals, including some murderers and rapists, could have their convictions quashed after police admitted thousands of forensic tests may have been tampered with.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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Official forensic regulator calls for increase to legal aid funding – The Guardian

Posted May 4th, 2017 in computer crime, DNA, forensic science, legal aid, news by sally

‘Defence lawyers need additional legal aid funding to help them check and challenge the increasing complexity of digital evidence gathered for criminal prosecutions, the official forensic science regulator has warned. Dr Gillian Tully told the Forensics Europe Expo in London that time pressures to meet deadlines for complying with new digital forensics standards could result in “a bit of a car crash” if firms are not ready in time.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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Shaken Baby Syndrome – Six Pump Court

‘This note is intended to set out how medical opinion in relation to and the Court’s approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd March 2017

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First case dropped since forensic science blunders as CPS says it cannot proceed against drug driver following intervention from ‘Mr Loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, drug offences, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

‘The first case linked to allegations of a forensic science blunder has been dropped after the CPS said it cannot proceed against a drug driver.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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Expert witnesses: science friction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Experts and their evidence are under hostile scrutiny amid fears over a decline in standards, reports Grania Langdon-Down.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

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Rogue forensic workers feared to have doctored the results of 500 lab tests – throwing hundreds of court cases into doubt – Daily Telegraph

‘Almost 500 criminal investigations are being reviewed after test results at a forensics lab were allegedly tampered with by two “rogue” scientists.’

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Daily Telegraph, February 2017

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Forensic science standards ‘at significant risk’ – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2017 in criminal justice, DNA, forensic science, news, police, standards by tracey

‘The quality of forensic science work in England and Wales is putting the integrity of the criminal justice system at risk, an expert has warned. Forensic Science Regulator Gillian Tully said some police forces were not committed to meeting the required standards, and there was a significant risk of DNA contamination.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2017

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Convicted Somalian rapist had deportation order overturned before attacking two more women as he “did not understand what is acceptable in UK” – Daily Telegraph

‘A convicted Somalian rapist who overturned a deportation order went on to rape two more women in Birmingham, with his lawyer arguing “he had a lack of understanding of what is acceptable in the UK”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd July 2016

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Deepcut inquest: Bullet wound ‘consistent’ with self-inflicted injury – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, expert witnesses, firearms, forensic science, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The bullet wound that killed a teenage soldier was “consistent” with a self-inflicted injury, according to a ballistics expert.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

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Judges and lawyers to receive scientific ‘primers’ – Litigation Futures

Posted April 15th, 2016 in DNA, forensic science, judiciary, legal education, news by tracey

‘The judiciary is teaming up with the UK’s leading academies of science to produce guides and training that aim to helps judges, lawyers and juries when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th April 2016

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Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners – Bar Standards Board

‘In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th March 2016

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Poppi Worthington’s father faces intimidation every day, coroner told – The Guardian

‘A father who was identified by a high court judge as having probably sexually assaulted his baby daughter shortly before she died may be allowed to give evidence from a secret location after facing daily intimidation, a pre-inquest hearing has heard.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2016

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Battlelines drawn as shaken baby syndrome controversy set to run – The Guardian

‘Shaken baby syndrome is back in the news. Monday’s BBC Panorama programme focused on this most contentious of subjects and was itself prompted by the General Medical Council’s prosecution of Dr Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist who used to give evidence against those charged with injuring their baby but now provides expert evidence in their defence. On Friday she was found guilty by the GMC of giving “expert opinion evidence outside your field of expertise” in several cases that came before the criminal or family courts, and could be struck off the medical register as a result.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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This shaken baby syndrome case is a dark day for science – and for justice – The Guardian

‘A leading doctor faces being struck off for challenging the theory about the infant condition. It’s like Galileo all over again.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2016

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New forensic science service planned – BBC News

‘A new forensic and biometrics service is planned by the Home Office, four years after it controversially abolished its predecessor.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2016

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Doctor who doubted shaken baby syndrome misled courts, panel rules – The Guardian

‘A Leading doctor who cast doubt on claims that parents had shaken their babies to death has been found guilty of misleading the courts.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2016

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Man guilty of Georgina Edmonds murder after fresh DNA clues – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2016 in DNA, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of beating a pensioner to death with a marble rolling pin, four years after being cleared of the same crime.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2016

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Cheryl James: Teenage army recruit ‘may have been killed by someone else’ – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2016 in armed forces, evidence, forensic science, homicide, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘New forensic evidence reveals that a teenage army recruit found dead at Deepcut barracks may not have shot herself and could have been killed by someone else, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2016

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Stephen Lawrence investigation: Police seek fresh DNA samples – BBC News

Posted February 1st, 2016 in complaints, corruption, DNA, evidence, forensic science, inquiries, murder, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by tracey

‘Police investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have contacted an unspecified number of people to request DNA samples.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2016

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Fresh inquest may shed light on mystery Deepcut shootings – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2016 in armed forces, evidence, forensic science, human rights, inquests, inquiries, news, suicide by tracey

‘Independent inquiry into recruit Cheryl James’s death in 1995 is “milestone” in history of unexplained barracks deaths.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2016

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