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Digital Dilemmas

Written by: Alan Baker 13th June, 2023

The article below discusses the challenges and disadvantages faced by criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales due to the increased use of digital evidence in criminal proceedings. The authors acknowledge certain limitations in their study, including a small and potentially biased sample of participants, as well as the reliance on honest responses from survey…

Beneath the Surface of Soil Testing

Written by: Alan Baker 8th June, 2023

Soil from reservoir compared to samples from prime suspect’s van Madeleine McCann was three years old when she vanished while her parents and siblings were holidaying in the village of Praia da Luz in 2007. Soil from a reservoir in Portugal searched by police last month is being compared with samples from main suspect Christian Brueckner’s camper van, it has…

The Murdaugh Murders – Violence, Corruption, Power

Written by: Alan Baker 3rd March, 2023

Legal dynasty heir, Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty for the brutal double murder of his wife, Maggie and son, Paul. Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, were both shot dead at the family’s  1,700-acre property in Islandton, South Carolina, on the night of  June 7th 2021. No arrests were made for more than a year, until,…

Nicola Bulley: Preservation of Forensic Evidence – Not a New Problem

Written by: Alan Baker 10th February, 2023

There has been much speculation about what might have happened to Nicola Bulley on the 27th January 2023. The investigation represents a mix of traditional forensic science with more modern areas involving mobile phone evidence. However, a factor which will have caused problems for Lancashire Police is an outdoor crime scene, if that’s what the…

Inconsistent Consent

Written by: Alan Baker 3rd February, 2023

The significance of alcohol in a complainant’s blood sample is a frequent consideration in cases of sexual assault. Studies in the US have shown that this type of case is more likely to be dropped prior to trial and are less likely to be investigated or prosecuted when the victim used alcohol or drugs. In…

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