Science on CSafe

Today, Science discusses CSafe’s efforts to undo “a legacy of junk science in the courtroom,” including to “collaborate with NIST statisticians to develop statistical methods that describe … how many fingerprints other than the suspect’s might have left a similar pattern on a murder weapon.”  The piece also discusses efforts to improve the communication of forensic results in the courtroom, since: “What statisticians manage to compute with their new models will have little value if forensic examiners, jurors, judges, and lawyers don’t know how to interpret statistical claims.” They cite my 2013 study with Greg Mitchell on lay interpretation of forensic evidence.  And the piece includes critical comments from Nancy Gertner on currently highly uneven judicial review of potentially flawed forensics – “the judges who care about these issues are enforcing them, and the judges who don’t care about these issues are not.”

Published by BGarrett

Professor of Law, Duke University

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