Expert Forensic Voices

Tape measures, measuring wheels, rulers, pencils, note pads and graph paper: as crime scene investigators, we have all spent hours at scenes taking measurements and creating rough sketches with these tools.
by Owen McDonnell
8:00am
9.7.2017
Science is rarely certain—it relies on statistical probability, and acknowledges that outliers can and do exist.
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
8:00am
9.6.2017
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The reliance on forensic sciences in criminal cases has increased substantially in recent years through advancing technology, thereby fostering oversight of the scientific evidence used in criminal cases.
by Natalie Arvizu, JD, and Gil Sapir, JD, MSc
8:00am
9.6.2017
More than six decades after the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, historic political shifts result in a rise in ancient DNA (aDNA) collection and the need for sophisticated forensic labs to meet the needs for today’s aDNA processing techniques.
by Ken Mohr and Jinhee Lee
8:00am
9.4.2017
The best intentions at the highest levels of forensic science are still being lost on the consumer – the lawyers and judges.
by Robert M. Sanger
11:03am
6.23.2017
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We need to recognize that the skills we’ve acquired can also be applied to helping animals. Like many of our human victims, animals are unable to speak for themselves.
by Owen McDonnell
8:05am
6.9.2017
No way, I said to myself. No way a forensic pathologist can serve as an impartial juror in an asbestos lawsuit. I have got to get excused from this.
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
8:05am
6.8.2017
During construction work at the Tower of London in 1674, workmen unearthed a wooden chest at the base of a stairwell near the White Tower. Inside, they discovered human skulls, whole and fragmented bones, some animal bones and a few nails.
by Dolly Stolze
8:00am
6.8.2017
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The sustained trend of major crime lab scandals in the past two decades should not come as a surprise to anyone. America has a forensic science problem, and it could get a whole lot worse under its new commander-in-chief.
by Mehzeb Chowdhury, Ph.D. Researcher in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigations, Durham University, UK
4:23pm
3.30.2017
Recovering a body from water is often challenging, but by increasingly combining technology with traditional methods such as diving, investigators are getting better at it—greatly boosting their chances of discovering victims of homicide or...
by Alastair Ruffell, Queen's University Belfast
10:28am
3.23.2017
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Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek offers advice for attorneys seeking an expert witness in the field of forensic pathology. Some of these questions include: Are they certified? Where were they educated? and Do they already have experience...
by Judy Melinek, M.D.
4:51pm
3.20.2017
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