Response of NDAA to PCAST Press Conference

Read here the response of the National District Attorney’s Association to the not-yet-released President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on forensics. The NDAA emphasizes: “As with all evidence presented in criminal courts, this forensic scientific evidence is subject to cross-examination as well as evaluation by the Court. Many accrediting bodies consisting of world-renowned […]

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Independence of Houston Crime Scene Investigations

The Houston Police Department is apparently making a “behind closed doors” push to regain control over the independent HFSC’s crime scene investigation unit, according to the Houston Chronicle.  One concern has apparently been with the quality of investigations of officer involved shootings.  However, an outside audit earlier this summer detailed the opposite problem – too much […]

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Presidential Advisory Council comments on the validity of forensic sciences in criminal trials

“It has become increasingly clear in recent years that lack of rigor in the assessment of the scientific validity of forensic evidence is not just a hypothetical problem but a real and significant weakness in the judicial system,” said the draft review by the advisory council of scientists and engineers. It is expected to be […]

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