Sunday, January 29, 2017

Yet another book shedding light on forensic science: 'Forensic science reform: Protecting the innocent.' Edited by Wendy J. Koen and C. Michael Bowers. (Well, some say we get far more sleep than we need! Read on. HL); .

Big year for publication of books taking an honest,  up-to-date, critical approach to forensic science Caitlin Pakosh, 'The Lawyer's Guide to the Forensic Sciences'; John Chipman, 'Death in the Family,' (marked by the presence of former doctor Charles  Smith, the notorious namesake of this Blog);  Here is a note on what appears to be yet another important and timely goodie for the readers of this Blog.

Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;


POST: 'A new book on  forensic science and the law',  posted by Christopher Halkides on his Blog 'View From Willmington,  in January, 2017. (Christopher Halkides is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is  biochemist who specializes in the chemical modification of proteins and the synthesis of potential enzyme inhibitors who is interested in the chemistry of phosphorus and sulfur as it can be applied to biochemical problems.)

GIST: I (Christopher Halkides) am pleased to announce the publication of 'Forensic Science Reform" Protecting the Innocent.'  Besides being one of the editors, Wendy J. Koen wrote the majority of the case studies which are part of each chapter.  Kimberly Lott and I  coauthored the chapter on presumptive and confirmatory blood testing, a recurring subject of this blog.  I am very grateful for the illuminating discussions here and elsewhere on this topic.  The Knox/Sollecito murder trial is the featured case in Chapter 7, and it is briefly discussed in Chapter 8.  The case of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain is highlighted in the latter chapter.  The Cameron Todd Willingham arson investigation is the featured case in Chapter 3.

PUBLICATION DETAILS:  Protecting the Innocent: Elsevier, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-12-802719-Edited by Wendy J. Koen and C. Michael Bowers. (Mike Bowers is well known to the readers of this Blog for the illuminating posts on his Blog 'CSIDDS: Forensics in Focus.' Many of the authors shown below have appeared on the pages of this Blog. HL);

1. Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis, Max M. Houck
2. Microscopic Hair Comparison, Max M. Houck
3. Arson, John Lentini and Rachel Dioso-Villa
4. Shaken Baby Syndrome, Waney Squier 
5. Bite Mark Evidence, C. Michael Bowers and Ray Krone
6. Firearms Identification, Sarah L. Cooper
7. DNA Evidence, Dan Krane and Simon Ford 
8.  Presumptive and Confirmatory Blood Testing, Christopher Halkides and Kim Lott
9.  Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Barie Goetz 
10.  Crime Scene Reconstruction, Barie Goetz
11. Fingerprints, Kathleen L. Bright-Birnbaum; 

The post can  be found at the link below:

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at: Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to: Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;