Can We Trust Crime Forensics?

Motivational bias, a perfect example.  A “re-blog”.

FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends

A FLAMIMG MAGICIAN DETECTING THE REAL CRIMINAL (NOTE THE DISPARATE PARTICIPANTS OF THE LINEUP). From the Scientific American Aug 18 2015

The bloom is certainly off the flower, when the SA starts publicizing the mythologies contained in the corners of forensic expertise.

Can We Trust Crime Forensics?

How trustworthy are DNA and other crime scene tests?

The criminal justice system has a problem, and its name is forensics. This was the message I heard at the Forensic Science Research Evaluation Workshop held May 26–27 at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. I spoke about pseudoscience but then listened in dismay at how the many fields in the forensic sciences that I assumed were reliable (DNA, fingerprints, and so on) in fact employ unreliable or untested techniques and show inconsistencies between evaluators of evidence.

The conference was organized in response to a 2009 publication by the National Research Council entitled Strengthening…

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