Jay Koehler on Proficiency Testing

Read here, Jay Koehler’s great new piece titled “Forensics or Fauxrensics? Ascertaining Accuracy in the Forensic Sciences.”  The piece develops a concept of “Type II” proficiency testing designed to accurately assess error rates in forensic disciplines. Here is the abstract: Forensic science – which includes such techniques as DNA analysis, fingerprint examination, and firearms comparison […]

New York court excludes DNA sample produced from STRmix from murder trial

“The results produced in this case are unreliable based upon Dr. Buckleton’s testimony that it cannot adequately account for the absence of defendant’s alleles in the composite profile,” Judge Catena wrote. “As Dr. Buckleton stated, ‘the exact difficulty that we’ve come upon in this case and certain circumstances that the Random Match Probability is not […]