Tagged: opinion

Teina Pora case: funding case re-investigations - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 14, 2013

You may or may not have seen 3rd Degree’s programme last night about the case of Teina Pora, a south Auckland boy imprisoned in 1994 for rape and murder, the former that DNA testing shows he did not commit and, after a retrial in 2000, for murder based on confessions. There has been comment about (read more) … Read More

Standards and Codes for forensic scientists - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 26, 2013

A short blog post, this one.  The US Department of Justice is setting up a commission that will establish standards, a professional code and educational requirements for forensic scientists.  Presumably this would mean that a Bachelors degree in forensic science and European film won’t make the muster (a degree which has apparently been offered in (read more) … Read More

Curious case of the vanishing court file - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jan 10, 2013

Many people think that, as an independent forensic scientist, my job is about science in the legal system. That would be true when I have my ‘specialist’ hat on such as when I’m doing blood or breath alcohol calculations, preparing a statement for Court or giving evidence. For the rest of my job, you’d be (read more) … Read More

Mt Tongariro: the aliens are invading - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Aug 08, 2012

It’s volcano time again here in New Zealand: with the eruption of the andesitic Mt Tongariro in the central North Island. As a geologist (and tephrostratigrapher in times gone past) it’s exciting, but there’s always a small point (for me) that detracts from the media reporting: the plethora of ‘vulcanologists’. It would be great if (read more) … Read More

FBI admits flaws in forensic science evidence – how about NZ? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 16, 2012

“The [US] Justice Department and the FBI have launched a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial because of flawed forensic evidence” So reads the Washington Post on July 11. The article indicates the problems with fibre and hair evidence, which are notoriously (read more) … Read More