Thursday, June 19, 2014

Santae Tribble: Popular Science article says it's time to treat crime forensics like real science and makes an important point: It's not just bad science that’s driving the problem...

STORY: "It's time to treat crime forensics like real science," by reporter  Virginia Hughes, published by Popular Science on June 2, 2014.

GIST: "The Innocence Project has found, for example, that unverified or improper forensic analysis has contributed to more than 50 percent of its DNA exonerations. The National Research Council, meanwhile, released a blistering 328-page report in 2009 calling out qualitative forensic practices such as those routinely used to compare hair, bite marks, bullet markings, shoe patterns, and tire prints. But it’s not just bad science that’s driving the problem. After all, some techniques, such as DNA analysis and blood typing, bear the imprimatur of rigorous, reliable research. The bigger issue is the way people perform the techniques—that is, largely without scientific training, oversight, or standardization.........As the mess in St. Paul revealed, even the best technology is useless if analysts on the front lines don’t know how to use it. Just ask Santae Tribble."

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