Flawed Forensics & Innocence Symposium at WVU College of Law, March 3-4 2016

West Virginia University College of Law is hosting a symposium on Flawed Forensics & Innocence on March 3-4, 2016.  Scholars, journalists, and practitioners will be discussing the challenges of using forensic evidence in the courtroom; Radley Balko of the Washington Post will be the keynote speaker.  From the symposium webpage: The criminal justice system in the… Read More Flawed Forensics & Innocence Symposium at WVU College of Law, March 3-4 2016

Qualified Immunity Granted for Bite-Mark Experts in Robert Lee Stinson’s Wrongful Conviction Case

Radley Balko continues his excellent coverage of forensic odontology, or bite-mark evidence, this time examining a Seventh Circuit decision granting qualified immunity to bite-mark experts whose testimony led to a wrongful conviction.  Not just any wrongful conviction, but that of Robert Lee Stinson – a case that created the standard for admission of bite-mark evidence in… Read More Qualified Immunity Granted for Bite-Mark Experts in Robert Lee Stinson’s Wrongful Conviction Case

When even DNA testing can be influenced by cognitive bias

Dr. Itiel Dror is a leader in identifying cognitive bias in forensic analysis. Now, through his research, cognitive bias is becoming more apparent in DNA testing as well. Without blind testing, partial DNA profiles may become a “match” to a suspect even when that same partial match is possible with other individuals.  Read more from the reporters at the Marshall… Read More When even DNA testing can be influenced by cognitive bias