White House report urges courts to reconsider use of certain kinds of forensic evidence in criminal trials

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 of corroboration but noted that such a technique could be promising. While the report acknowledged the validity of many types of DNA analysis, it also found that techniques used to analyze more complex DNA mixtures was “not a reliable methodology.” The report also warned of bias in forensic science and warned against relying on the subjective views of law enforcement officers.



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