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Forensics Fraud


These are a great series of articles from Reason Magazine. I subscribe to this magazine in print and I love getting each issue. One of the stories I have been keeping up with is the expose on forensics fraud created by two “forensics experts” who over the years, gained favorable reputation by prosecutors by always delivering what they wanted in terms of “expert testimony.” Their arrogance and lust for probably even a potential Court TV show led them to even manufacture evidence even to the point of getting too sloppy to destroy the evidence of their tampering.

“Indeed, and Without a Doubt”
How a Mississippi dentist may be sending innocent people to jail.
Radley Balko | August 2, 2007
One of the first pieces on Dr. Michael West.
http://www.reason.com/news/show/121671.html

CSI: Mississippi
A case study in expert testimony gone horribly wrong
Rodney Balko’s first peice on the Stephen Hayne story from November 2007.
http://www.reason.com/news/show/122458.html
President of Mississippi State Medical Association Denounces Dr. Hayne
Radley Balko | February 15, 2008, 12:03pm
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/125019.html

The Bite-Marks Men
Mississippi’s criminal forensics disaster
Radley Balko | February 25, 2008
http://www.reason.com/news/show/125151.html

Dr. Steven Hayne Is Done
Radley Balko | August 4, 2008, 8:51pm
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/127915.html

Hayne Sues
Radley Balko | November 7, 2008, 11:37am
The last bastion of a discredited hack: Sue for Defamation. Former Mississippi medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne has filed a defamation suit against the Innocence Project.
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/129975.html

Manufacturing Guilt?
Experts say this exclusive video shows a dental examiner creating the bite marks that put a man on death row.
Radley Balko | February 19, 2009
http://www.reason.com/news/show/131527.html

The National Academy of Sciences Slams Bite Mark Analysis
Radley Balko | February 28, 2009, 4:13pm
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/131943.html

Michael West Responds
Radley Balko | March 1, 2009, 10:55am
The Tooth? You can’t handle the tooth!
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/131954.html

More on Michael West’s Response
Radley Balko | March 4, 2009, 11:37pm
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/132059.html

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Hayne, West
Radley Balko | April 6, 2009, 1:11pm
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/132728.html

Dr. Michael West Speaks Out, Says He Has “Lost Faith in the System”
Radley Balko | May 14, 2009, 11:31pm
Surreal. He has “lost faith” and the system. The system he helps to corrupt? Lost faith in how he can keep working knowing the baggage he now carries?
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/133504.html

A Forensics Charlatan Gets Caught in the Act
Video from a defense attorney’s sting exposes Mississippi bite-mark “expert” Michael West.
Radley Balko | May 15, 2009
http://www.reason.com/news/show/132574.html

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