Thursday, August 05, 2004
So, Brush ups. What is the deal here? Toothpaste on your finger? Does anyone else find this gross? Are we turning to SNL for our product inspiration? Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?
he police crime laboratory in Houston, already reeling from a scandal that has led to retesting of evidence in 360 cases, now faces a much larger crisis that could involve many thousands of cases over 25 years.
Six independent forensic scientists, in a report to be filed in a Houston state court today, said that a crime laboratory official - because he either lacked basic knowledge of blood typing or gave false testimony - helped convict an innocent man of rape in 1987.
The panel concluded that crime laboratory officials might have offered "similarly false and scientifically unsound" reports and testimony in other cases, and it called for a comprehensive audit spanning decades to re-examine the results of a broad array of rudimentary tests on blood, semen and other bodily fluids.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, a former director of the DNA laboratory at the Harris County medical examiner's office in Houston, said the task would be daunting.
"A conservative number would probably be 5,000 to 10,000 cases," Dr. Johnson said. "If you add in hair, it's off the board."Can you imagine? This is in Texas too! Let's hope they took better precautions for death penalty cases.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
(come on let's rock and roll with the Ramones...)
Week one is about over, and other than the episode with one student that questioned what they pay me for if I "don't do nothin'" when I asked him to pass out a handout it has been relatively uneventful. My classes are packed, so much so that when people walk by they say "whoa." PS, I can hear you and it doesn't make me feel better about it.
I don't think it's legal to have 37 kids in a class so I hope they sort it out soon.
Note to self: if you insist on falling fast asleep at 5:30 and not getting up until 9 pm do not be surprised when you are wide awake at 11.
My thesis is done. I'm sure there will be a few more corrections, but, for the most part, I'm done. I don't know what to do now. I'm having separation anxiety. Maybe someone should give me my summer vacation back.
I just witnessed my first mullet on an African American woman. Short and blonde on top, as if she were wearing a permanent hat. Long and black beneath that. Ooh, it was not attractive.