Call for Abstracts for the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) International Symposium in Auckland September 2016 Closing Tomorrow 2 February 2016
Last call for abstracts for the biennial ANZFSS International Symposium to be held in Auckland New Zealand in September 2016. Abstracts are due by tomorrow, Tuesday 2 February 2016. See here for required format, word limit etc. http://www.conference.co.nz/anzfss16
Interested to read about the latest developments in relation to the Keli Lane case in NSW in the February 2016 edition of The Australian Women's Weekly (AWW). This is another Australian case with no body and no seemingly plausible motive.
Since watching the US Making a Murderer series, I have had a heightened interest in the possibility of police planting DNA evidence, as has been alluded to for some years now by former High Court Judge, the Hon. Michael Kirby. (See my previous blog postings in recent times on this issue).
The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has just released its final report on Bullying. See http://www.utas.edu.au/law-reform/news-and-events/tlri-news/new-final-report-released2
Found a very interesting 2004 article by Bernie Matthews entitled "DNA and the Justice Game" (Griffith Review, No.4, Winter 2004: 174-183). See here: https://griffithreview.com/articles/dna-and-the-justice-game/
I am aware that there have been allegations of planting of evidence by police in miscarriage of justice cases in Australia and New Zealand. The topic is of particular interest after having recently watched Making a Murderer and hearing of allegations in the Wisconsin case of Steven Avery of evidence having been planted eg. the murder victim's car keys in the offender's trailer/home, the offender's blood in the victim's car, a bullet in the offender's garage with the victim's blood on it, and the victim's bones in a fire pit on the family property etc. (Although one theory I have read about would have the so-called real murderer of the young woman contributing to the placement of some of this evidence).
I have always had a strong interest in forensic toxicology and the use of poisons in crimes, given my Pharmacy background. I have blogged previously on this issue. See http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/the-fascinating-history-of-forensic-toxicology-and-the-decline-of-arsenic-poisoning/, http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/the-bogle-chandler-mystery-forensic-toxicology-challenges/, http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/breaking-news-wrongfully-convicted-roseanne-beckett-receives-more-than-2-million-in-compensation/ and http://www.betterconsult.com.au/blog/the-bogle-chandler-mystery-forensic-toxicology-challenges/
I am particularly interested in the potential for police (and others) to plant DNA evidence. DNA has been widely regarded as the gold standard in forensic science. I understand that there is a current case in WA with allegations of this type and there was the case of Lisoff in NSW (related to a brutal bashing in 1996) where Lisoff was not convicted, as it appeared the victim's post transfusion blood/DNA had been planted on Lisoff's tracksuit pants, which had been held in police custody. I intend to write a further blog on this case. The matter is covered in Ted Duhs' book Crucial Errors in Murder Investigations (Bond University Press 2012, pages 60 to 61).
Yesterday, I attended a live webinar organised by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) on Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Control: Essentials for Company Directors.
The Supreme Court of Tasmania has released Practice Direction 1 of 2016 on Expert Witness Code of Conduct see here