by Roger Koppl
On December 4th BrightTalk is running a “Forensic Science and Law Summit.” I’ll be giving a talk at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time. I’ll be using the slides from my presentation to the National Academy of Sciences committee on “Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community.” It’s free and you can type in questions in real time as I present. I will discuss a suite of reforms that would break the fornsic science monopoly.
I don’t expect to discuss the fingerprint scandal in Los Angeles in my BrightTalk presentation. But I would like to talk about it here. In October of this year an internal audit revealed problems with fingerprint identifications in Los Angeles. The report, says the LATimes, “highlighted two cases in which criminal defendants had charges against them dropped after problems with the fingerprint analysis were exposed.” These two were cases that were caught in time to avoid a false conviction.
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