Gill’s second talk: DNA evidence: the Tamara Wolvers case

I will talk next week (Tuesday, 2 December) about difficulties of interpreting DNA evidence, illustrated by the case of Tamara Wolvers. Tamara was a young lady, murdered in her parent’s house in Alpen on the Rijn, in 2006. Police investigations led quite rapidly to one particular suspect “Jaco G”. Possibly the main (or at least, “hardest”) piece of evidence was a mixed DNA profile in which the DNA of at least two persons could be found: the victim and (presumably) the perpetrator and perhaps a third person. The analysis of mixed DNA profiles is very tricky, especially when the mixture is “unbalanced”.

I hope to find some scientific literature on forensic DNA which could be accessible to you and relevant to the case, as well as some more or less scientific literature pertaining to the case itself. So: “watch this space”.

My report to the court of appeal on the DNA evidence in this case:

http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~gill/DNA_evidence_Scorpion_case.pdf

Slides on the case (and on this evidence and on the probability calculations which I did) for a talk to law students in Maastricht:

http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~gill/Maastricht.pdf

Interactie actoren Lucia de Berk

Lucia de Berk: Verdachte. Zij vertoont afwijkend gedrag tijdens werk. Ook heeft zij een problematisch verleden. Zij wordt veroordeeld tot een levenslange gevangenisstraf. Juliana kinderziekenhuis: brengen hun vermoedens naar buiten, geven medische dossiers uit waarop statistisch bewijs wordt gebaseerd en medewerkers getuigen tegen De Berk. Forensisch psycholoog L. Ligthart: diagnosticeert De Berk met het Moeder […] Continue reading →

Partijen Lucia de B. zaak (geschreven)

Door: Sofie Tolmeijer Nummer Naam Partij Werkzaamheden waar hij afhankelijk van is Invloed door communicatie 1 Directeur Juliana Kinderziekenhuis: Paul Smits Brengt documenten gebruikt voor statistiek op orde.Ziekenhuis zegt toeval kans op 1 op 700 miljoen.Baas werknemers: kan ontslaan en ontzeggingen opleggen. Heeft evolutie gesprekken medewerkers.Wekt media circus op.Doet aangifte Lucia, niet de ouders. 2 […] Continue reading →

Actoren Lucia de B (& γγ & γδ outlines)

Actoren Lucia de B. Lijst actoren die een rol spelen rond Lucia de B (agents, individuen, instituten), en wat hun onderlinge relaties kunnen zijn in de sfeer van afhankelijkheid en communicatie. Rij 1: actoren, 2: vierkante haken met nummers van afhankelijke actoren, 3: relatie/afhankelijkheid in communicatie of beinvloeding Actoren Afhankelijk van … actoren Afhankelijkheid Death […] Continue reading →

Actoren in de zaak ‘Lucia de B. ‘

Lucia de B. zelf De advocaat van Lucia de B. Collega’s van Lucia de B. De medische verslaglegging in de betreffende zaken Uitkomsten autopsie/patholoog-anatoom Juliana kinderziekenhuis Familieleden Lucia de B. Politie De rechtbank Medisch expert Actor Afhankelijk van… Kan andere actoren beïnvloeden via  communicatie.. 1.       Lucia de B. 2,3,4,5,6,7, 9,10 2,3,7,9 2.       De advocaat 1, […] Continue reading →

De zaak Lucia de B.

In de zaak van Lucia de B. spelen verschillende actoren een rol. Elk van deze actoren hebben een rol gespeeld in de veroordeling. Sommige handelingen kunnen als fouten worden beschouwd. De bron van elke handeling ligt echter soms niet geheel bij degene die hem heeft uitgevoerd. Hieronder staat de tabel van actoren met de bijbehorende […] Continue reading →

Tabel met agentnummers en toelichting

1, [2,4], [2,4] 2, [1], [1,4,5] 3, [1,2,4,5,6], [2,4,6] 4,[1,3],[1,2,3,4] 5.[1,2,3,4,6], [1,2,4,5,6] 6,[1,2,4],[1,3,5] Julie Kinderziekenhuis Lucia de B Haagse Gerechtshof Medical experts Jury Metta de Noo In the Lucia de B case, the main reason the case was reopened was because Metta de Noo discovered that the medical research performed was not performed right. This […] Continue reading →

The UK Lucia

Today I got very angry. A friend drew my attention to an article in yesterday’s Guardian and this led to the hunt for a newly appeared paper in criminology and an email conversation with the author – who ended up saying that I couldn’t criticise the paper because it has been published in a peer reviewed […] Continue reading →

Gamma-beta debate

Natural and human behaviour, two entities that are seeking co-operation, but might as well get in conflict. And so do the sciences that study them. At the interface of the beta and gamma sciences lie problems that require each others expertise. Large problems like environmental sustainability are problems defined by both the beta and gamma […] Continue reading →

Gamma en Gamma & beta

Onderdeel A+B De universiteiten, bedrijven en onderzoeksinstituten kunnen ingedeeld worden in vier verschillende disciplines: alpha, bèta, gamma en delta. Alpha wetenschappen houden zich bezig met het recht en bijkomende zaken zoals criminaliteit. De term bèta omvatten onderzoeksvelden als biologie, geneeskunde, wiskunde en natuurkunde. De derde discipline, gamma, onderzoekt de psyche van de mens in alle […] Continue reading →

Bijdrage Inhoud Boek: ββ (algemeen) en αβ (Lucia de B.)

Onderdeel A: Om verschillende disciplines te kunnen bediscussiëren dient er een wetenschappelijke cultuur ter indeling gehandhaafd te worden. Hierbij  worden de culturen α, β, γ en δ gebruikt. Dit omvat de disciplines jurisprudentie, engineering (wetenschap), sociale wetenschappen en economie respectievelijk.  Mijn voorkeur gaat uit naar het beschrijven van de ββ cultuur. Deze wetenschappelijke cultuur hoop […] Continue reading →

0.00 Framework for the book

We have seen five examples of clashes between disciplinary cultures: The grudge informer case as in the Hart-Fuller debate. A clash between the applied and the fundamental sub-cultures within one discipline (Law: positivist v. realist/naturalist); The Buikhuizen affair/scandal. The clash is between α, β, γ and δ in a time where the idea that criminal […] Continue reading →

0.11 On institutions

When considering the four different cultures (as in the Combining α − β − γ − δ, and 4 heuristics slide), it is clear that operational units do appear at different levels of aggregation and are compound, linking diverse operational sub-units (that may in turn aggregate diverse sub units at a lower level of aggregation) together. In physics, a […] Continue reading →

Eerste LyX screen recording

In deze post wilde ik een link naar mijn eerste LyX screen recording opnemen, die in 11 minuten laat zien hoe je een klein boekje in elkaar kunt zetten. Het is allemaal nog heel amateuristisch, qua media, waarvoor mijn verontschuldiging. Ik hoop een en ander te kunnen verbeteren in vervolg screencasts. Ik ben trouwens heel […] Continue reading →

0.09 Realist/Pragmatist/Critical/ Naturalist Argument

Applying the two-legged analysis to legal theory yields several fields for studying the application of law — they may be named realist or pragmatist or critical or naturalist or something else. For legal scholars, the realist approach implies concern about morality, as an important issue supporting a legal system’s stability. Interestingly, a system’s stability is at stake, when […] Continue reading →

0.08 Positivist Argument

Applying the two-legged analysis to legal theory yields a theoretical/fundamental field that is named positivist. For legal scholars, the positivist approach implies detachment from morality, uncritical acceptation by the judiciary of laws that have been validly promulgated. The principle of the separation of powers binds judges to such laws. As a result, positivist legal thinking […] Continue reading →

Intro to USA Legal System (for Law students)

The USA legal system has two domains: the federal domain (single) and the state domain (with all 50 states, plus the federal district [of Columbia or D.C.]). Both federal and (each) state domains have a constitution, legislation and administrative regulations. The constitutions describe (and limit) the powers of the government, and the ways the bodies […] Continue reading →

0.06 Disciplinary legs and lacks

As far as we know any discipline stands on two legs — has both a fundamental/theoretical subdomain and a subdomain for application. It often happens that within a single discipline a cultural divide between these subdomains emerges. For instance in the law, as shown in the Hart – Fuller debate. In the β, γ and δ […] Continue reading →

0.04 What is meant by use here?

In the context of accomplishments, use equals the potential to influence. Lessig, when looking at the www in his famous (Lessig, L. (2006). Code Version 2.0. Basic Books (AZ)) and wondering what regulatory forces would fail, emerge and prevail, famously identified four regulatory forces: the law, the market, norms and architecture. Of these, architecture was […] Continue reading →

0.02 AIM: Turning Risk into Art into Use

Goya’s etching illustrates the general idea behind aiming for an accomplishment: look for what risks it helps to domesticate, look for and master some heuristics1 that may be effective and consider how this mastery may help put the heuristics to good use. So we look for the risks related to cross-disciplinary disdain, for the heuristics […] Continue reading →

Week 1

The first week meeting is for introduction. After considering some examples and Rakoff’s seminal paper, we turn to the Aim of the course, which is to better understand disciplinary communication and miscommunication, and prepare heuristics for handling them. We focus shortly on the generic distinctions between fundamental/theoretical and applied science, and discuss some aspects of […] Continue reading →

0.01 SLUB HC Existential Assumptions

Adopting a few assumptions explicitly as requirements for common understanding of what we are doing in the SLUB HC may be useful: Only a few comments (and references — these are not referring to anything required for the HC). The C.P. Snow address was republished in extended form in 1965. (Snow, C. (1965). The Two […] Continue reading →

0.00 On the HC SLUB (in general)

I will upload a few of the slides presented (or left aside for reasons of time) in week one with very short comments that ought be accessible to participants. Here is the first: The SLUB honours class addresses (in a multidisciplinary manner, based on some of the “Manuals” for legal professionals) the reasons why proponents […] Continue reading →

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About Lyx/Latex + Bibtex meeting

I am planning to upload some material for preparation of LYX/Bibtex use by tomorrow night (6/11). I will try to do it such, that short face2face Q&A sessions (after our Tuesday meetings) may suffice in stead of organising a full-blown one-hour meeting. Lyx/Bibtex issues are to be discussed and posted under the LYX category. Continue reading →