Who is Responsible for Investigating Miscarriages of Justice in the UK?

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 18 July 2017 | 0 Comments

I recently found an excellent publication on Twitter which outlines who is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom. See here: http://thejusticegap.com/SJ_Miscarriages_of_Justice_LOW_RES.pdf

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Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - a template for a great crime novel?

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 13 July 2017 | 0 Comments

After reading a Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson just recently (see my blog posting of 5 July 2017), I have now gone out and bought numerous second-hand Agatha Christie novels. I read every one of her 66 crime novels as a high school student. Agatha is the biggest selling novelist of all times with over 2 billion of her books sold worldwide.

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Victoria Police Admit DNA bungle saw paedophile priest wrongly ruled out as Murder Suspect in 1980

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 13 July 2017 | 0 Comments

I was very interested to hear that Victoria Police this week admitted to a bungle in exhibit handling which led to the wrong DNA sample being used in a cold case murder investigation into the brutal killing of Maria James back in 1980.

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A Talent for Murder: Agatha Christie's Mysterious 10 day Disappearance in 1926

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 5 July 2017 | 0 Comments

I have previously raised my fascination with Agatha Christie novels and my particular interest in forensic toxicology and the use of poisons in committing crime. I really enjoyed reading just recently a new book by Andrew Wilson entitled A Talent for Murder (Simon & Schuster 2017). Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all times. I read every single one of her books during my high school years. Perhaps it was even a factor in me choosing to do a pharmacy degree, joining policing and getting involved in forensic science matters, including my legal studies.

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Transcripts of the High Court's hearing of the Van Beelen Appeal (21-22 June 2017) Now Available

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 5 July 2017 | 0 Comments

The High Court of Australia transcripts of the Van Beelen case are now available (Van Beelen v The Queen [2017] HCATrans135 (21 and 22 June 2017). See http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2017/135.html and http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2017/137.html

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Egyptian Blue: CSI Tool from Ancient Egypt

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 5 July 2017 | 0 Comments

I was reading the latest National Geographic (May 2017) as I was attracted to the cover story on Genius and why some people are so much smarter than the rest of us. IQ has always been an issue that has fascinated me and I know some very talented people in the Mensa range. In the "Explore and Innovation" section of the magazine I came across an interesting article talking about a new Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) tool from Ancient Egypt.

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A History of Forensic Toxicology: The Marsh Test for Arsenic

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 2 June 2017 | 0 Comments

A colleague recently referred this fascinating article to me which outlines the history of the scientific detection of arsenic in dead bodies. See here: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/marsh-test-arsenic-poisoning. I have a particular interest in poisons and forensic toxicology given my Pharmacy degree.

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Pathology Not up to Scratch in Tasmania? - The Need for Accreditation

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 2 June 2017 | 0 Comments

I refer you to my blog of recent days in relation to major shortcomings in forensic pathology in Canada and a likely move to mandatory accreditation. See here: http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/motherisk-scandal-in-canada-prompts-review-of-ontario-s-forensic-laboratories/

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Lifting the Veil on DNA Evidence: Griffith University Law School and Innocence Project

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 1 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Was pleased to receive an invitation to the upcoming "Lifting the Veil on DNA Evidence" forum to be held by the Griffith University Law School and Innocence Project in Queensland on Friday 30 June 2017. The session will examine DNA evidence and what the statistics actually mean. The panel will be chaired by Mr Peter Gleeson, Editor, Sunday Mail and includes the Hon. Justice Debra Mullins from the Supreme Court of Queensland, Mr Saul Holt QC, Dr Brian McDonald (Director, DNA Consults, NSW) and Ms Kirsty Wright (Griffith University School of Natural Sciences).

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