aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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CSI it’s not

Here in Portland we know all about sub-standard forensic evidence. Our own exhibit A: Brandon Mayfield, the Portland lawyer who was arrested after he was falsely linked by a partial fingerprint found on a plastic bag to the Madrid train bombing. [Full disclosure: Did the fact that he had converted to Islam lead to his arrest? What do you think? ]

The New York Times has an article about a pending report. “The report by the National Academy of Sciences is to be released this month. People who have seen it say it is a sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on, including fingerprinting, firearms identification and analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair and handwriting. The report says such analyses are often handled by poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court. It concludes that Congress should create a federal agency to guarantee the independence of the field, which has been dominated by law enforcement agencies, say forensic professionals, scholars and scientists who have seen review copies of the study.”

Read more here.



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