An interesting article below regarding the state of police crime labs here in Arizona. It boils down to the standard debate/disagreement between academics vs practitioners in the field of forensic science.
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Even though techniques for analyzing crime-scene evidence have grown more sophisticated every decade, oversight
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Excellent article echoing a common theme here on Forensic Science News. Take the labs out of the police/prosecutors’ offices. Make them independent. Just like what the NAS report said.
Problems with crime labs follow a depressing pattern: a technician makes mistakes or deliberately fudges data. When the errors are eventually discovered, the police and prosecutor
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A recent Houston Chronicle editorial blasts the Houston Crime Laboratory. The article starts off by stating:
On television, on the police drama CSI (for Crime Scene Investigation), the brilliant, dedicated completely professional staff of the Las Vegas Police Department solves every crime that comes into its hands through flawless forensic science and with ironclad integrity each
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Even after the report by the National Academy of Sciences recommending that forensic labs be independent of police and prosecutor’s offices, those groups still fight to give not give up control (and thereby influence the results of forensic analysis) of crime labs.
D.C.‘s top forensic scientist has been transferred out of the police department amid an increasingly bitter
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Recently the NAS report described how institutional bias should be avoided by having crime labs removed from police/prosecutor’s agencies. The article quoted below ran in PoliceOne.com, and talks about how police officers can contribute to bias in forensic examination.
A police officer rushes up to the fingerprint examiner and pleads for help.
The suspect sitting in the interrogation
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