At the Wash. Post’s True Crime blog, I posted this piece explaining the importance of the White House P-CAST report recommendations.
In its report, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology urging judges to reconsider admitting certain types of forensic science in the courtroom. In particular, the court criticized “feature-comparison” techniques like bite-mark comparison and tire tread mark comparison as lacking scientific validity. It also specifically pointed to firearms tracing and the science’s lack… Read More White House report urges courts to reconsider use of certain kinds of forensic evidence in criminal trials
Members of Parliament have criticized the Forensic Science Strategy that was created by the Home Office because the strategy fails to provide a clear, coherent vision and a clear for how to implement this vision. Other criticisms from parliament include: It is “vague” about how plans for police to secure forensic services from private contractors,… Read More Members of Parliament in the UK criticize the new Forensic Science Strategy for being too vague
New research shows that individuals have unique hair proteins that could provide an alternate method of identification for forensic scientists. One benefit to using hair protein identification rather than DNA testing is that DNA can degrade over time more quickly than hair proteins, so that scientists may have an easier time identifying deceased individuals by… Read More Identification by hair proteins could one day rival identification by DNA
In an April deposition for a Mississippi death penalty case involving defendant Eddie Lee Howard, Michael West was asked to testify about his expert opinion provided in a trial more than two decades ago. West frequently refused to answer questions and simply answered that he stands by his previous testimony. Defense attorney and Director of Strategic… Read More Infamous bite-mark “expert” Michael West complains about not being paid at a deposition and calls Innocence Project director a “sociopath”
For news coverage of the forthcoming PCAST report, see this L.A. Times story: “In what is likely to be its most controversial finding, the report states that analysis linking firearms to bullets and shell casings ‘falls short’ of scientific standards for admission as evidence. If judges permit such testimony, the report says, they should tell jurors… Read More L.A. Times on PCast
For a response to the NDAA’s letter regarding the forthcoming PCAST report, read Dr. Michael Bowers’ blog here.