Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dr. Vincent DiMaio; Peter Neuefeld; They are among appointees to the "National Commission on Forensic Science"; But Scott Henson, publisher of "Grits for Breakfast" - a highly credible commentator on America's criminal justice system - makes one wonder whether the Commission has been given enough teeth to do the necessary job.

POST: "Hervey, DiMaio named to National Commission on Forensic Science, published by Grits for Breakfast on January 13, 2014.

GIST: "Judge Barbara Hervey of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and former Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent DiMaio, chair of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, were among thirty people named to the newly minted National Commission on Forensic Science, as was Peter Neuefeld, co-founder of the national Innocence Project. .........Creation of the commission doesn't go as far as the recommendation from a National Academy of Sciences' 2009 report to create a permanent National Institute of Forensic Technology to perform research and set standards. That report was highly critical of the non-science-based nature of many forensic disciplines. Another appointee to the commission, Case Western law prof Paul Giannelli, has said that, "Forensic science has been a stepchild in the law enforcement community and an orphan in the scientific community." This new entity gives the issue higher profile, for sure, but it'll be a long time before we know if it represents a serious step toward strengthening the quality of forensics or will merely apply window dressing to a perception problem."

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