Rape accused was victim of forensics error, regulator finds – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in forensic science, mistake, news, rape by sally

“A man who was wrongly charged with rape was the ‘innocent victim of an avoidable contamination’ at a private forensics laboratory, an official report concludes.”

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The Guardian, 1st October 2012

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Leicester kebab shop fire pair jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2012 in arson, forensic science, fraud, homicide, insurance, news, sentencing by sally

“A man and a woman from Birmingham have been found guilty of manslaughter after a 40-year-old Leicester man died following an explosion at a kebab shop.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2012

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London bomb plotters launch appeal over ‘flawed’ forensic evidence – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, evidence, forensic science, news, terrorism by sally

“Four of the terrorists convicted for the 21 July 2005 bomb plot will launch an attempt to have their sentences quashed following claims by a former senior government scientist that key forensic evidence used to jail the attackers was flawed.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012

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Justice can’t be treated as a business enterprise – The Guardian

“The Freddy Patel case shows how market forces inevitably lead to creeping deregulation if applied to the legal system.”

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The Guardian, 29th August 2012

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Closure of forensic archive a ‘shambles’, experts warn – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2012 in archives, budgets, forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

“The closure of the forensic science archive in England and Wales will cause miscarriages of justice and stop police solving crimes, senior politicians, scientists and lawyers have warned.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2012

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Michael Mansfield: ‘Risk of miscarriages of justice as great as ever’ – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2012 in evidence, forensic science, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“At the Guardian’s Open Weekend, Michael Mansfield QC warns against imagining that miscarriages of justice are something that have declined since famous confession-based cases of the 1980s. In today’s world, where faulty forensic evidence is more likely to be the problem, he worries about access to justice, pointing the finger at the emasculation of the legal aid system by successive governments and a renewed attempt to erode the right to trial by jury.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2012

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Killer Kevin Nunn in High Court forensic evidence challenge – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2012 in appeals, DNA, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

“A convicted killer has started a new High Court challenge to access forensic evidence that his lawyers claim could clear his name.”

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BBC News, 21st March 2012

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Forensics blunder ‘may endanger convictions’ – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2012 in forensic science, news by tracey

“Scores of convictions for serious crimes may have to be reviewed after a serious blunder by a leading private forensics firm led to a suspected rapist being acquitted, the Guardian has learned. The company, LGC Forensics, has admitted that a sample at one of its laboratories became so contaminated it could not be offered in evidence.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2012

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An open and shut case – The Guardian

“Closing the Forensic Science Service will make miscarriages of justice more likely.”

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The Guardian, 16th February 2012

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Axing of Forensic Science Service may lead to rise in miscarriages of justice, scientists warn – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2012 in forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Conviction of David Bryant for child sex assault will be pioneering forensics team’s last success.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2012

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Stephen Lawrence murder: Dobson and Norris found guilty – BBC News

Posted January 3rd, 2012 in double jeopardy, evidence, forensic science, murder, news, racism by tracey

“Two men have been convicted of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, 18 years after he was stabbed to death at a south London bus stop. Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a trial based on forensic evidence.”

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BBC News, 3rd January 2012

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Rapists escaping justice because police surgeons not up to the job, say critics – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2011 in contracting out, doctors, examinations, forensic science, news, police, rape by sally

“Rape already arouses serious anxiety because so few attacks are reported to the police, conviction rates are low, and victims are subject to intrusive questioning in court. But now concerns are growing that rapists are escaping justice because doctors are failing to properly examine victims or record their injuries, depriving police of crucial forensic evidence. In other words, senior doctors fear that some forensic medical examiners (FMEs) are simply not up to the job.”

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2011

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Streamlined use of forensic evidence eases burden on courts – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2011 in forensic science, news by tracey

“The demise of the Forensic Science Service comes as police forces shift towards a more streamlined approach to the use of forensics in criminal cases. Instead of courts being presented with extensive forensic reports that cover all the evidence recovered in police investigations, only short reports with the initial and key findings will be submitted. Prior to the trial, prosecutors will present the defence with evidence incrementally and order additional forensic tests only when the case requires them.”

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The Guardian, 8th September 2011

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Canterbury rapist jailed after cold case DNA probe – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2011 in DNA, forensic science, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A Lancashire man has been jailed for life for a rape in Canterbury more than 20 years ago after latest scientific techniques helped to find a DNA match.”

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BBC News, 14th April 2011

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Forensics cut will be ‘disastrous’ for victims of injustice – The Guardian

“Miscarriages of justice will not be corrected and public confidence in the criminal justice system will be damaged if proposed changes to the forensic science service go ahead, according to Richard Foster, chairman of the criminal cases review commission.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2011

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Courts ‘will reject test secrecy’ – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2011 in confidentiality, forensic science, news by sally

“There is a serious mismatch between the government’s aim to commercialise forensic science and the requirement of courts for openness, according to a top forensic expert.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2011

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Judgment reserved in murder appeal as forensic evidence divides experts – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2010 in appeals, evidence, forensic science, murder, news by sally

“Scientists split over fibres that prosecution says links jailed office worker to home of widow killed during break-in.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2010

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Forensic expert witnesses should be accredited, warns judge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 23rd, 2010 in expert witnesses, forensic science, news by sally

“A lack of accreditation of expert witnesses means that anyone with a scientific background and sufficient ‘brass neck’ could set themselves up as a forensic science expert and mislead the court, a Court of Appeal judge has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2010

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New evidence may clear postman of sex attack after 14 years in jail – The Guardian

“Lawyer for Victor Nealon says crucial forensic evidence was left untested as surgeon insists wrong man was convicted.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2010

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Rapist jailed for 1987 sex attack in east London – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2010 in attempts, evidence, forensic science, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A sex attacker caught after a cold case review has been jailed for 10 years.”

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BBC News, 25th June 2010

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