Monday, November 23, 2015

Donald Gates: Washington: Radley Balko sheds light on the self-serving use of forensic science by the authorities - and the need for perspective. (Must Read. HL);

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I recently ran Washington Post reporter Spencer Hsu's story on Donald Gates - a man who served 27 years in prison for a rape and murder he didn’t commit accused D.C. police of framing him, in the first federal civil rights claim for damages involving a wrongful conviction in the District.

"All sides agree that Donald E. Gates, 64, is “stone-cold innocent,” as his attorneys put it, of the June 1981 murder of Catherine T. Schilling, a 21-year-old Georgetown University student assaulted and killed in Rock Creek Park after leaving the Watergate office building where she worked as a paralegal. But they disagree about whether police actions violated Gates’s constitutional right to a fair trial." (Hsu). Investigative journalist and inveterate Blogger Radley Balko, who also writes for the Washington Post,  made some comments on the Gate's case in a recent post on "The Watch," which shed light on the self-serving use of forensic science by the authorities in the criminal justice system - and the need to maintain perspective, so that innocent persons are not convicted"

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;

"The case is as good an illustration as any that most fields of forensic “science” weren’t developed to find the truth but to aide police and prosecutors in convicting the person they already believe committed the crime. They aren’t neutral methods of analysis; they’re tools for the state. That doesn’t mean some fields don’t have some evidentiary value (though hair fiber analysis has very little). It just means that those that have some value should be considered and presented to juries for what they are. Too often, they’re presented as magical guilt/innocence divining rods."

Well put, Radley. HL:

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