Challenging Science: Courts Move Toward More Careful Regulation of Forensic Evidence

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As forensic evidence such as DNA, fingerprints and hair samples becomes an important element in criminal cases, the Supreme Court and lower courts are increasingly applying constitutional protections to regulate the use of forensics in trials, according to a study forthcoming in the Washington & Lee Law Review.  In what the study calls a "remarkable shift,"  courts have "strengthened obligations of defense counsel" to challenge how such evidence is used and analyzed, and to underscore its limitations, writes . . .

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