Thursday, May 28, 2015

Forensic error roundup

A few more tidbits on forensic science reform, Texas' junk science writ, new legislation clarifying its meaning, and the upcoming oral arguments next week rehearing Ex Parte Robbins.


Anonymous said...

At least 8 years BEFORE Willingham was executed in 2004 there was scientific evidence that the conclusions of arson were suspect as testified to 1992.

In 2011, the state fire marshal's office, which employed State Fire Marshal (arson investigator) Manuel Vasquez, STILL stood behind his arson conclusions from 1992.

And, in the face of a mountain of scientific evidence, the Texas Forensic Science Commission STILL cound not find that state Deputy Fire Marshal Manuel Vasquez and Corsicana Assistant Fire Chief Douglas Fogg were negligent or guilty of misconduct in their arson work.

So, the Junk Science Writ is to cover those situation in which the forensic scientist changes their conclusions. But does the Junk Science Writ cover situations in which the "bad scientist" never admits stupidity? And does the Junk Science Writ also cover Science Commissioners investigating junk science who also never admit stupidity?

Writ or no Writ, there will always be people who believe that the earth is the center of the universe. And they will work for the Prosecution.

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget Perry's part in this egregious miscarriage of justice. May he roost or rot in Palau with his buddy Bradley. Oops!!!

Anonymous said...

If its evidence, its tainted.