Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Forensic Statistical tool: Thought by retired DNA testing trainor Dr. Eli Shapiro to be so flawed that its evidence should not be admissible in court. The Daily News;

STORY: "Reputable DNA analyses program slammed by former lab manager: Dr. Eli Shapiro, a retired DNA testing trainor who worked at the city office of Chief Medical Examiner, said the Forensic Statistical Tool used by the lab is not scientifically sound," by reporter Shayna Jacobs, published by the Daily News on June 2, 2013.

GIST:  "A once-lauded DNA analysis program is so flawed that its evidence should not be admissible in trials, a former lab manager testified last week. Dr. Eli Shapiro, a retired DNA testing trainer at the beleaguered city Office of Chief Medical Examiner, said the program, called the Forensic Statistical Tool, is not scientifically sound. The main problem is that mixed DNA samples from crime scenes are often degraded or too small, making it difficult to separate out a single person’s DNA. The program produces probabilities — based on guesstimates — and does not account for other potential curveballs, Shapiro said..........Shapiro, who left the medical examiner’s office in 2011, said he was “concerned about the idea that a (FST) analysis is exonerating people and determining guilt or innocence. His testimony is part of a major challenge brought by the Legal Aid Society over the Forensic Statistical Tool and testing that involves small amounts of DNA."

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