It would seem Congress has finally taken up hearings on the NAS report written months ago. Congress seemed to agree to allocate more funds for training, research in the field, and federal standards should be created for labs and analysts.
They didn’t agree on setting up a federal agency.
…the federal government shouldn’t “try to micromanage every
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Apparently eyewitness testimony has been a factor in over 80% of the wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA evidence. Other forensic “errors” (unvalidated techniques, improper testing, or analyst misconduct/testimony) has been a factor in roughly 50%.
Hopefully juries will eventually learn that forensic science, like any other science and human activity, is conducted by humans, and
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So apparently with some minimal biology training, people can “fake” DNA evidence. One would think defense attorneys around the globe would already be hopping up and down, denouncing the reliability of this relatively “new” discipline in forensics.
Quite the contrary, when asked, the Innocence Project (a group who relies on DNA evidence to prove falsely convicted
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This article hits on a very important point. The popular TV show states “the evidence doesn’t lie.” That’s true, but evidence doesn’t speak either. It’s up to the forensic scientists at trial to give voice to the evidence. The problem lies in the interpretation the forensic scientists puts on the evidence.
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