The Austin American Statesmen describes how “Despite their high-stakes work for the criminal justice system — from convicting the guilty to exonerating the innocent — forensic labs are surprisingly underregulated.” They note that a 2013 survey of Texas public labs found that “13 percent had obtained certification. For DNA examiners, it was only 5 percent. (Texas… Read More Regulation (or lack thereof) of Crime Labs
Today, Jan. 9 and tomorrow, the National Commission on Forensic Science is meeting. The agenda is here. The agenda includes reports on accreditation and proficiency testing, human factors, reporting and testimony, and federal research initiatives. A live webcast is available here.
Greg Mitchell and I just posted on SSRN, here, an essay titled “Forensics and Fallibility: Comparing the Views of Lawyers and Judges,” forthcoming in West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 119, 2016. Here is the abstract: Forensic evidence plays an increasingly prominent role in criminal practice, leading some to worry that depictions in popular media might make… Read More Forensics and Fallibility
Featuring Keynote Jules Epstein, Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs Temple Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia. Professor Epstein is a member of the National Commission on Forensic Science, has worked on two DNA workgroups and in capital case trainings for the National Institute of Justice, and on a working group on latent print… Read More Forensics@NIST Conference Nov. 8-9
Stephen Cooper writes here in Counterpunch about the DOJ’s rejection of certain recommendations in the White House P-Cast report. He begins: “Compassionate Americans concerned about the plight of wrongfully convicted citizens – folks who want our criminal justice system to operate fairly and accurately – should be outraged by the Department of Justice’s pigheaded rejection… Read More S. Cooper on the DOJ & P-Cast
At the Wash. Post’s True Crime blog, I posted this piece explaining the importance of the White House P-CAST report recommendations.
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