Post Profile

Forensic science report may have significant implications for criminal justice system, legal expert says

Forensic science has long been a standard tool in criminal investigations. However, much of the forensic evidence presented in court lacks actual science that demonstrates its reliability, a legal expert said. A new report has dealt a significant blow to the field, concluding that some of the most widely-used areas of forensic science lack scientific validity and should not be used as evidence in criminal trials.
read more


Related Posts

Forensic DNA Could Make Criminal Justice Less Fair

Academics / General Science : Wired: Science

Forensic DNA databases are a potentially powerful law enforcement tool -- but critics say they may biotechnologically magnify the criminal justice system's flaws.

Forensic Science Is Not CSI, in Ferguson or Anywhere Else

Politics / US Politics : Huffington Post: Politics Blog

The other day, I wrote about how unreliable eyewitness testimony is, despite the fact that the criminal justice system treats it as solid evidence. However, this is not the only type of evidence that is far less reliable than we per...

New efforts aim to shore up forensic science -- but will they work?

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

Five years ago, a report on the state of forensic science by the National Academy of Sciences decried the lack of sound science in the analysis of evidence in criminal cases across the country. It spurred a flurry of outrage and pro...

Bite-mark analysis can lead to false convictions, landmark research shows

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Forensic science is a vital crime-fighting tool in today’s criminal justice system. But it can also lead to false convictions, according to an expert, whose study proves that bite-mark analysis is “far from an exact science.”

Standards are needed for post-conviction evidence reviews, writes forensic science expert

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

In a new "Keeping the Gate" blog post published at Science 2.0, forensic science expert John M. Collins Jr. argued that standards of professional care and conduct are needed for the review of scientific evidence in post-conviction l...


Copyright © 2016 Regator, LLC