COUNTDOWN: 15 days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 6, 2016);
WASHINGTON POST CRIME AND COURTS REPORTER TOM JACKMAN'S INTRODUCTION TO PROF. BRANDON GARRETT"S COMMENTARY: "A White House advisory council on Tuesday issued a report urging federal prosecutors and judges to tread cautiously around forensic science on bullet markings, bite marks, tire tread marks and complex DNA samples, saying the science on them has not been proven by testing and research. The Post’s Spencer Hsu has the full story here, including strongly dissenting views from police and prosecutors’ groups, and the report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is included at the bottom. [White House science advisers urge Justice Dept., judges to raise forensic standards] University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett, who has written a book on flawed forensics and wrongful convictions, titled, “Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong,” argues that the council’s report is well-founded and supports a 2009 National Academy of Sciences report that much of forensic evidence used in criminal trials is “without any meaningful scientific validation.” (Tom Jackman has been covering crime and courts for The Washington Post since 1998, after handling similar beats at The Kansas City Star. Tom helped lead the coverage of the D.C. sniper trials in 2003, and was the lead writer on The Post’s breaking news coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, which won the Pulitzer Prize. More recently he focused on the police killing of an unarmed man in Fairfax County, Va., which ended with the officer convicted of manslaughter and serving jail time. In 2016 Tom launched the “True Crime” blog which looks at criminal justice issues and important cases both locally and nationally.)
Here is the full report: Pcast Forensic Science Report Final by Tom Jackman on Scribd
The entire commentary can be found at:
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