This Wednesday from 1-2:30 pm EST, a free NACDL Webinar on the FBI microscopic hair comparison review – and a discussion of best practices for state and local reviews. Register and read more here. Here is a description: In 2012, the FBI and DOJ, in conjunction with the Innocence Project and National Association of Criminal… Read More Under the Microscope: Webinar in Hair Reviews
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Read here a new ProPublica piece raising concerns with reliability of field drug test and describing the harrowing case of Amy Albritton, who pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence to felony drug possession in Houston, based on a test of a crumb found in her car – a crumb that a field test… Read More ProPublica on Error-Prone Field Drug Tests
The Houston Forensic Science Center is hosting a symposium as part of its celebration of National Forensic Science Week. The symposium will include two panel discussions designed to bring attention to some of the biggest issues in the forensic community today. The first panel includes an exoneree who faced two execution dates for six murders… Read More Houston Forensic Science Center Symposium: Exonerations and Backlogs
An important ruling today from the Supreme Court of Alaska – jettisoning the Supreme Court’s 1977 Manson v. Brathwaite framework in favor of more detailed and more research-informed set of factors, recommending pre-trial hearings, jury instructions, and use of experts on eyewitness memory – http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/webdocs/opinions/ops/sp-7110.pdf (and then finding any errors in the particular case harmless). The ruling cites the National… Read More Supreme Court of Alaska on IDs
The latest issue of National Geographic, here, on efforts to improve forensics. “It’s been seven years since the National Academy of Sciences report called for a complete overhaul of forensic science. Some of its recommendations—to create a National Institute of Forensic Sciences, for example—are unlikely to come to pass for financial reasons, say government sources.… Read More National Geographic on Forensics
Read here a set of proposed documents that “arose out of the department’s ongoing, multi-year effort to strengthen the practice of forensic science. Once finalized and adopted, these documents, known as the Uniform Language for Testimony and Reports, will apply to all department personnel who issue forensic reports or provide expert forensic testimony, including forensic experts… Read More DOJ Proposed Standards for Forensic Testimony