What Can be Done About Wrongful Convictions? - Event at Sydney University 28 April 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 4 April 2016 | 0 Comments

Hoping to attend this very important event at Sydney University on 28 April 2016. Speakers on the panel include Associate Professor David Hamer of Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Dr Bob Moles of Networked Knowledge and Ms Bibi Sangha of Flinders University. There will also be two international experts on Miscarriages of Justice from the US. The event is free but registration is essential. See http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=35&eventid=11257

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Registrations Now Open for 23rd International Symposium of ANZFSS Auckland NZ 18-23 September 2016

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 29 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Registrations are now open for the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 18 to 23 September 2016.  I will be attending and have submitted an abstract for considersation in the Science and Justice stream. See http://www.conference.co.nz/anzfss16/home/home

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Prosecutor Reveals that Man Wrongly Convicted of 1957 Cold Case Murder

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 29 March 2016 | 1 Comments

A Prosecutor in the US (Illinois) says that he has found "clear and convincing evidence" that a former police officer was wrongly convicted of the 1957 murder of a 7 year old girl in what is believed to be the nation's oldest cold case to go to trial. See http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/25/us/oldest-cold-case-conviction-overturned-maria-ridulph-taken/index.html

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The Dangers of False Confessions and No Body Convictions: The Campden Wonder Case 1660

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 29 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Came across a very interesting historical English case of "The Campden Wonder" where three people were hanged for murder in 1661 and the alleged victim subsequently turned up in 1662. See http://www.cotswolds.info/strange-things/the-campden-wonder.shtml

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Reality, Fantasy and the Truth About CSI Effects

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 20 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Found an excellent 2010 article by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty and Hielkje Verbrugge from Charles Sturt University on the reality, fantasy and truth about "CSI effects". See https://www.psychology.org.au/publications/inpsych/2010/august/goodman/

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Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials: The Results of Empirical Research in Australia

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 17 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Just received my copy of the newly published Expert Evidence and Criminal Jury Trials by Ian Freckelton QC, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Jacqueline Horan and Blake McKimmie (Oxford University Press 2016). I have met Ian Freckelton at a number of forums and had the good fortune to meet Jacqueline Horan at an Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences function in Melbourne late last year.

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University of Melbourne article on the "Making a Murderer Effect" and the Highlighting of Miscarriages of Justice

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 17 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Came across this very interesting article by Liz Banks-Anderson in Pursuit from the University of Melbourne on Twitter this morning on the "Making a Murderer Effect". See https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/editing-the-making-a-murderer-effect.

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