Supreme Court of Alaska on IDs

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

DOJ Proposed Standards for Forensic Testimony

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