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What better forensic science can reveal about the JFK assassination

Clifford Spiegelman, Texas AM University

(THE CONVERSATION) Popular television shows such as the “Law Order,” “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises glorify forensic science as a magical, near-flawless tool for identifying criminals. Not surprisingly, Hollywood’s depiction of forensic science needs a reality makeover.

The “CSI effect” is well-documented. As long ago as 2009, scientists with the National Research Council noted that no forensic method (except for nuclear DNA analysis) can reliably and consistently connect evidence to a specific individual or source. More recently, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported that pattern-matching forensic procedures are unreliable. The Innocence Project has exonerated many hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, and bad forensic science was found to be a contributing factor in about half of the original cases.

These problems are not new. Six years before the National Research Council’s 2009 report, I was on a panel of the

Read more at: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/What-better-forensic-science-can-reveal-about-the-12412422.php

What better forensic science can reveal about the JFK assassination …

Clifford Spiegelman, Texas AM University

(THE CONVERSATION) Popular television shows such as the “Law Order,” “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises glorify forensic science as a magical, near-flawless tool for identifying criminals. Not surprisingly, Hollywood’s depiction of forensic science needs a reality makeover.

The “CSI effect” is well-documented. As long ago as 2009, scientists with the National Research Council noted that no forensic method (except for nuclear DNA analysis) can reliably and consistently connect evidence to a specific individual or source. More recently, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported that pattern-matching forensic procedures are unreliable. The Innocence Project has exonerated many hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, and bad forensic science was found to be a contributing factor in about half of the original cases.

These problems are not new. Six years before the National Research Council’s 2009 report, I was on a panel of the

Read more at: http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/What-better-forensic-science-can-reveal-about-the-12412422.php

Activists join the cause for better animal control in city

NEW BEDFORD — Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro was listening when animal rescue activist Brian Harrington of Odie’s Place fired off a petition with hundreds of names calling for 24-hour animal control in the city.

Cordeiro and Harrington met Wednesday, and Harrington said he was impressed by the chief’s concern for animals in the city and his receptivity to the idea of a volunteer rescue unit to take up the slack in the system.

Harrington offered to run it with about four dozen volunteers, he said.

The proposal “blew him away,” said Harrington.

The problem now, the two men agreed, is manpower. Animal Control Officer Manny Maciel for a time had no assistance because of the departure of two people.

Cordeiro said that one replacement has been hired and one more is in the process of being vetted.

But three animal control officers is woefully inadequate

Read more at: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20171025/activists-join-cause-for-better-animal-control-in-city

Police Aren’t Getting Better at Solving Murders

This is not just a problem facing police in low-income urban communities. Rich and gentrifying San Francisco clears only half of its murders, Palm Beach and Long Island only one-third.

Certainly we expect our laws to be honored and justice to be served. But more fundamentally, people are safer when crimes are solved. Homicide rates are highly correlated with clearance rates. If you live in a municipality with below-average clearance rates, you are twice as likely to be murdered. Plus, we know from social science research that the risk of being caught or arrested is what deters criminal behavior, not longer prison sentences. These folks have short time horizons. Catch the perpetrator, you will deter future crime. It should come as no surprise that, as Chicago has struggled with a wave of gang-related murders, the city’s murder clearance rate plummeted to a horrifying 20 percent.

On the

Read more at: https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/police-arent-getting-better-at-solving-murders/531642/

Ride for Missing Children: ‘There’s no better cause’

The 21st annual Ride for Missing Children in the Mohawk Valley kicks off this morning with almost 500 bicyclists participating this year, organizers say.

ONEIDA – The 21st annual Ride for Missing Children in the Mohawk Valley kicked off this morning with almost 500 bicyclists participating this year, organizers say.

A morning opening ceremony was to remember children who are missing, celebrate those who have been found and thank riders and volunteers.

“When I look around this room, I see many volunteers. I wish I could thank every one of you,” said ride organizer Wendy Fical at the opening ceremony at the state police Troop D headquarters in Oneida. Fical is the program director at the Mohawk Valley office of the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Around 8 a.m. – amid last-minute pumping of bicycle tires and hugs among friends – the cyclists

Read more at: http://www.uticaod.com/news/20170602/ride-for-missing-children-theres-no-better-cause

The Keepers: Netflix’s true crime documentary that’s ‘better than …

The latest Netflix true-crime series to take the world by storm is The Keepers, a seven-part series focused on the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik.

Baltimore nun Cesnik was murdered at the age of 26 in 1969 and, to this day, both the identity of her killer and cause of death have been shrouded in secrecy.

Viewers have been stunned by the twists and turns of the investigation that was spearheaded by Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, two former students of Archbishop Keough, the school where Cesnik taught at the time of her death.

Many articles have gone so far as claimed that the Ryan White-directed series is even superior to Netflix’s other true crime sensation, Making a Murderer.

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/netflix-the-keepers-making-a-murderer-sister-cathy-ceznkik-season-1-a7761346.html

The Keepers: Netflix’s true crime documentary that’s ‘better than Making a Murderer’

The latest Netflix true-crime series to take the world by storm is The Keepers, a seven-part series focused on the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik.

Baltimore nun Cesnik was murdered at the age of 26 in 1969 and, to this day, both the identity of her killer and cause of death have been shrouded in secrecy.

Viewers have been stunned by the twists and turns of the investigation that was spearheaded by Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, two former students of Archbishop Keough, the school where Cesnik taught at the time of her death.

Many articles have gone so far as claimed that the Ryan White-directed series is even superior to Netflix’s other true crime sensation, Making a Murderer.

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/netflix-the-keepers-making-a-murderer-sister-cathy-ceznkik-season-1-a7761346.html

The Keepers Is Nothing Like Making A Murderer — It’s So Much Better

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