Tagged: opinion

Tea, Biscuits and the Criminal Reform Bill - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 19, 2011

The Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill is being touted as the biggest shake-up in New Zealand criminal law for decades (e.g. Justice shake-up will save millions: Govt).  This means the last lot of changes took place in a time before I was born (I don’t know if that makes me feel old or not).  [...] … Read More

Pollen and ‘Bones’ - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 17, 2011

I’m watching Bones.  It’s a new series (in New Zealand anyway) and it’s the episode where they use pollen vacuumed out of the nasal cavitiy of a decomposed corpse to determine the exact date of death.  Can I just say that, as a forensic pollen expert, it’s utter nonsense. The concept is sound – it’s [...] … Read More

Guilty until proven innocent - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 14, 2011

“A lack of accreditation of expert witnesses means that anyone with a scientific background and sufficient ‘brass neck’ could set themselves up as a forensic science expert and mislead the court“. So warns Lord Justice Leveson, an English Court of Appeal Judge. It has already happened: Gene Morrison. Originally jailed for 5 years various offences [...] … Read More

Word-leading forensic science agency to close - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Dec 18, 2010

One of the world’s leading forensic science agencies, the British Forensic Science Service (FSS), will close the remainder of its laboratories by 2012. To quote a recent article, “The FSS is a government-owned company … that sells its services to customers including police forces in England and Wales. The government has now promised to sell [...] … Read More

Blood alcohol 2nd sample — will it be lost? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Oct 29, 2010

Feeling suitably impressed with the facade, I attended at the Beehive yesterday to speak in front of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee.  Apart from seeing a few familiar faces (from the TV, not that I knew in person), it was quite reminiscent of giving evidence in court except that after our statements, it [...] … Read More

Opening up [I think] - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Sep 23, 2010

What does it mean, in science, to be open? I don’t know. I wrote a while back, that while I endorse the principles of ‘openness‘, I struggle with the issue of ‘how‘. Since then I have been trying to listen and learn. [Or, better said, shut up and listen.] I started trying to see what [...] … Read More