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As death rates rise, Arizona medical examiners struggle to keep pace with caseload

Though the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office has enough forensic pathologists on staff to keep pace with the office’s caseload, they are one of the lucky ones as Arizona medical examiners say they are struggling to keep up with rising caseloads.... Read more»

'Junk' forensic science lands thousands of innocents in prison

So-called “expert witnesses” are putting innocent people behind bars by utilizing and relying upon “junk science” that has no empirical basis and is simply subjective speculation masquerading as science.... Read more»

Too many bodies, too few forensic pathologists

The overload at medical examiners’ offices stems from two trends: More bodies arriving at the offices, the result of pandemic-related deaths and also an upward trajectory of homicides, overdoses and traffic-related fatalities - and the country is not producing enough forensic pathologists.... Read more»

Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of Phx officer’s death

A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.... Read more»

Another startling verdict for forensic science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s... Read more»

No forensic background? No problem

Expert witnesses routinely sway trial verdicts with testimony about evidence, but there are no national standards to measure their competency or ensure that what they say is valid.... Read more»

Casey Anthony trial shows limits of forensic science in child deaths

Tuesday, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, bringing to a stunning end a trial that had fixated the nation for weeks. The verdict shocked a bevy of TV legal analysts as well as the millions of viewers who had slavishly followed the case's lurid twists and turns.... Read more»