From Barbara Etter, APM: Have just finished reading a very good article from the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, a previous Australian High Court Judge who is highly respected and known for his genuine concern about miscarriages of justice. The article can be found here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/JlLawInfoSci/2010/2.html
It is entitled “Forensic Evidence: Instrument of Truth or Potential for Miscarriage?” (2010) 20(1) Journal of Law, Information and Science 1
The article covers some very interesting DNA issues including the possibility of police “planting” DNA at a crime scene. It also outlines some lessons to be learned after having looked at a number of miscarriage of justice cases in Australia, including Button, Mallard and Farah Jama. He comments that it remains necessary to reinforce a commitment to excellence, first-class science, accuracy and transparency.