Bite Mark Data

In February, the Innocence Project filed a lawsuit asking for access to the federal archive of bite mark convictions at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The Innocence Project believes that accessing the cases could “hold the key” to building cases for exoneration for individuals still imprisoned based on bite mark evidence. In an […]

Geneological DNA Analysis

A BuzzFeed News article by Peter Aldhous, published in February, described the newly emerging genealogical DNA analysis industry, centered around two private forensic science services. The piece, “The Golden State Killer Arrest has Spawned a New Forensic Science Industry,” also discusses how genealogical DNA analysis techniques work, and some of their pitfalls, including the possibility […]

Duke Law Forensics Events

Duke Law School will host two forensic evidence programs in March 2019. Getting Forensics Right: Strengthening the Connection Between Forensics, Statistics, and Law Ten Years After “A Path Forward” Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3037 What are the stakes when forensics go wrong? Keith Harward will tell his story: […]

LA Times Op-ed

In January, Edward Humes wrote an Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times, titled “Bad forensic science is putting people in prison.” In his article, Humes describes the human consequences of forensic science errors, discussing cases like those of Jo Ann Parks and Bill Richards. Parks is still in prison, convicted based on now-discredited arson investigation […]

Breath Tests in NJ

Breath test results in New Jersey, presented as evidence supporting more than 20,000 convictions, have been ruled inadmissible by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Alcotest-brand breath tests, which according to the court were generally admissible if properly used, require calibration every six months. The police officer formerly responsible for calibrating the tests across five […]