Rapists going free through errors by inexperienced doctors, says BMA – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2010 in doctors, evidence, forensic science, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

“Rapists are not being convicted because doctors are making errors when examining victims, according to medical experts specialising in sexual assaults.”

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cuts to forensic watchdog ‘will cause miscarriages of justice’ – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2009 in forensic science, news by sally

“Dozens of miscarriages of justice could occur in the next few months because the body that regulates expert witnesses in court is being shut down by the Government, senior scientists warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Miscarriage of justice victim served extra 11 years due to ‘lost’ evidence – The Guardian

Posted March 19th, 2009 in evidence, forensic science, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Vital evidence which could have secured the release of one of Britain’s longest-serving victims of a miscarriage of justice 11 years ago was held in a forgotten forensic science archive on an industrial site in the Midlands, the Guardian can reveal.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New evidence over Bamber killing – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2009 in appeals, forensic science, murder, news by sally

“Findings from blood expert and undisclosed police negatives are reviewed as murderer makes his third appeal against conviction.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Focus on Forensics – BBC Law in Action

Posted May 27th, 2008 in evidence, forensic science, special report by sally

“High-profile prosecutions have relied on DNA to convict the guilty. Steve Wright who murdered five women in Suffolk, and Mark Dixie the killer of Sally Anne Bowman, would probably not have been convicted without DNA evidence.

But the use of forensic evidence is not always so straight-forward in proving guilt, as Clive Coleman finds out when he debates the use of forensic techniques with a panel of experts.”

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BBC Law in Action, 27th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Kempster – Times Law Reports

Posted May 16th, 2008 in evidence, forensic science, law reports by sally

Regina v Kempster

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Evidence of those experienced in comparing ear-prints was capable of being relevant and admissible but such comparison would provide information which could identify the person who had left it on a surface only when sufficient minutiae could be identified and matched.”

The Times, 16th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Bar Chairman Warns of Threats to the Independence of the Legal Profession – The Bar Council

Posted April 30th, 2008 in barristers, forensic science, press releases by sally

“Criminal Bar Association Conference discusses the impact of forensic technology.”

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Th Bar Council, 25th April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Burglar jailed over ear-print wins appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2008 in appeals, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

“A burglar who was convicted on the evidence of an ear-print left on a window had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Ear print’ burglar in appeal bid – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2008 in appeals, burglary, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

“The case of a burglar convicted after police matched an imprint of his ear to the scene of a robbery will be heard again at the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How can you identify a criminal by the way they walk? – BBC News Magazine

Posted April 15th, 2008 in burglary, forensic science, news by sally

“A burglar has been caught because of his bow-legged walk, but how easy is it to catch a criminal by analysing their gait?”

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BBC News Magazine, 15th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk