The CSI Factor - Myths and Reality of DNA Evidence

September 5, 2015
Hosted by Lonnie McDowell

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America's fascination with the TV crime show has spilled over into the courtroom. Today, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys are faced with juries expecting, almost demanding some type of cool new scientific evidence. However, Hollywood and reality share little in common when it comes to crime scene investigations. Not every crime scene will produce some type of evidence that can be analyzed. Not every crime lab has the "wiz-bang' gadgets shown on TV. In fact, few if any do. This week we will discuss the myths, realities, and limitations of DNA evidence. We will also talk about the future of DNA processing and what new information can be revealed about a person just through DNA

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Lonnie McDowell

Lonnie McDowell

Lonnie McDowell was named one of the Top 100 California Criminal Defense Trial Attorneys for 2014 and 2015 by The National Trial Lawyers Association and continues to be one of the best in Los Angeles. He has seven years of trial experience and worked in one of the city’s largest defense firms before striking out on his own to found McDowell and Associates. He is dedicated to offering personalized service and the best possible defense to all his clients.

An alumnus of Southwestern Law School, Mr. McDowell graduated with high honors, made the dean’s list and was awarded with the dean’s scholarship. He was also the lead articles editor and a board member of the Southwestern Law Review, while working as a teaching assistant and as a tutor for criminal law classes. Mr. McDowell was also selected for a Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates fellowship, one of nine awarded that year, exposing him to the many facets of litigation. Mr. McDowell was also a certified law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada, in its Organized Crime Strike Force.

In addition to the American Bar Association, Mr. McDowell is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, The Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense.

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James Allard

Noted PI, James Allard’s, professional background includes 32 years of law enforcement, security and investigative experience. Mr. Allard started his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and with the Huntington Beach Police Department. Mr. Allard has been licensed as a private investigator since 1998 and has managed and worked hundreds of cases including a variety of criminal and civil investigations, workers compensation, AOE/COE investigations, work place violence investigations, family law investigations, infidelity and employment background checks. During his law enforcement career Mr. Allard investigated, supervised, or managed hundreds of investigations. These investigations targeted career criminals, narcotics investigations, stalkers, street & bank robberies, homicides, kidnapping, major fraud and identity theft. During Mr. Allard’s career he has worked with the FBI, U.S. Marshall’s and other specialized units in joint operations. View Guest page

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Anonymous

This week's guest was involved in a domestic violence incident to which he plead "No Contest." My Guest had no previous criminal history, and had been married for over a decade. He had no propensity for violence, or past incidents of violence, yet in an instant, because of "One Size Fits All" laws everything changed. View Guest page

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Martin M Flores

Mr. Flores has over 20 years of professional experience working with gangs throughout Southern California. He grew up in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles and after the loss of his youngest brother to a drive by shooting in 1994, he redirected his energy to work with gangs in order to redirect the minds of young people and get them on a different path. Mr. Flores has organized conferences in juvenile facilities, worked with gang intervention workers and is continuously involved in Los Angeles City and County wide efforts to address gang issues. He has testified as a gang expert in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Mr. Flores has consulted on over 200 Crip/Blood cases and over 300 Hispanic gang cases including those involving the Mexican Mafia. His cases have ranged from vandalism to multiple homicide cases. He has worked in hundreds of gang territories in order to understand their rivalries, graffiti, tattoos, territories, history, and signs. View Guest page

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Eran S Forster

Criminal Defense Attorney Eran S. Forster practices DUI and criminal defense law in California and Nevada. Mr. Forster was a former intern and certified law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Task Force. After graduating Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego, Mr. Forster took the Nevada Bar Exam and practiced in Las Vegas before ultimately taking the California Bar Exam and moving back to San Diego and then eventually Los Angeles. Mr. Forster split his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas defending the rights of the accused. Mr. Forster started his own firm in 2013 and continues to serve clients accused of DUI and criminal law matters. View Guest page

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Kacey McBroom

Kacey McBroom is a founding partner of California law firm KAEDIAN LLP. She focuses her practice on white collar and general criminal defense matters. Ms. McBroom first honed her criminal defense skills as an associate with The Law Offices of Randolph & Associates and then as a Deputy Public Defender for the San Bernardino County Public Defender's Office. Both opportunities gave her a depth and breadth of experience that few attorneys can match, exposing her to cases involving armed robbery, battery, sexual assault, white collar crime and DUI defense. Ms. McBroom obtained her J.D. from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University. While in law school, she served as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office, and a certified legal intern for the Post Conviction Justice Project. Outside of her client work, Ms. McBroom is also an active member of the CA. Public Defenders Association and the LA County Bar Criminal Section . View Guest page

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Heather Poole

Attorney Heather L. Poole is a private immigration lawyer exclusively devoted to complex family-based immigration, deportation defense, and U.S. citizenship law. She is the Managing Partner of the Family & Removal Group at Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law.* She works one-on-one with individuals and families across the U.S. and the world. As part of her work, Heather helps immigrants keep their green cards and successfully reunites couples who would otherwise face a devastating permanent separation due to immigration barriers due to past criminal conduct. Heather defends permanent residents (green card holders) in removal proceedings who are facing deportation due to criminal acts committed after their green cards were issued. She advises immigrants facing criminal charges and works with criminal defense attorneys and public defenders in plea negotiations for immigrant defendants View Guest page

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Suzanna Ryan

Suzanna Ryan, possesses over 15 years experience in the field of forensic serology and DNA analysis including as Forensic DNA Technical Leader of the accredited private ASCLD/LAB DNA laboratory. Ms. Ryan has worked for many years in both private and public DNA labs including The Bode Technology Group, and the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement and the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Labs. Ms. Ryan is also a qualified DNA Auditor, having completed the FBI;s DNA Auditor course. During her career, Ms. Ryan has testified for both the prosecution and defense as a DNA expert witness. . Her expert testimony has been admitted in eleven states as well as in Kaiserslautern, Germany. During her carrier she has processed several thousand cases, is a contributor to Law Officer and Forensic Magazines. Ms. Ryan was also recently selected as a Review Board Member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. View Guest page

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Justin Shimizu

Mr. Shimizu received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law. Mr. Shimizu clerked with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in Long Beach, California. He focuses primarily on criminal defense, having conducted multiple jury trials and handling cases ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to attempted murder with gang allegations. Presently, Mr. Shimizu’s professional legal work experience extends to all forms of Criminal Law matters, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, and Business Litigation. Mr. Shimizu is licensed to practice before all courts of the State of California. View Guest page

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