Koehler and Meixner on Empirical Research and Forensics

Jay Koehler and John Meixner have written “An Empirical Research Agenda for the Forensic Sciences,” available now on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: After the National Academy of Sciences issued a stunning report in 2009 on the unscientific state of many forensic science subfields, forensic science has undergone internal and external scrutiny that it had… Read More Koehler and Meixner on Empirical Research and Forensics

Criminal Investigation Underway for Lab Technician Who Faked Results

Kamal Shah was removed from his position as a lab technician last December after he was observed faking results in a drug case. In February, the state Attorney General notified county prosecutors to alert defense attorneys in drug cases in which Shah’s work was used. This past Wednesday, Cynthia McSweeney, the highest ranking official at the… Read More Criminal Investigation Underway for Lab Technician Who Faked Results

Former Massachusetts Drug Lab Chemist Annie Dookhan Released from Prison

Annie Dookhan was released about a month ago after serving approximately 2 years and 4 months of a three- to four-year sentence after pleading guilty to faking laboratory tests that may have affected a thousand or more criminal cases. Dozens of defendants were released from prison in the aftermath of the scandal. It is believed… Read More Former Massachusetts Drug Lab Chemist Annie Dookhan Released from Prison

Delays and Lack of Compensation Plague Texas’s Junk Science Law

Defendant Sonia Caci was convicted of murder by arson for the 1991 death of her uncle in house fire. At trial, an expert testified that there was evidence of an accelerant on the decedent’s clothes and on some of the furniture. Six years later, seven independent expert found that the decedent likely died of a heart attack. A… Read More Delays and Lack of Compensation Plague Texas’s Junk Science Law