Eric Lander, who co-authored a damning 2016 report on the faulty forensic practices behind hundreds of wrongful convictions has been tapped to advise newly elected President Biden as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
After Eddie Lee Howard spent years fighting a murder conviction relying on dubious evidence, a prosecutor dropped the case. At least 26 people have been wrongfully convicted using bite marks, says the Innocence Project.
Advanced software that can analyze degraded or low-quality DNA evidence has become a valuable new tool for investigators. Despite criticism from some about its reliability, its impact on solving cases is hard to deny, writes a forensic scientist.
A year-long investigation into the operations of the New Orleans Police Department crime lab raises questions about the validity of thousands of drug cases prosecuted in the city, writes journalist Matthew Nesvet, who argues the “flawed” procedures employed at many crime labs around the country have facilitated mass incarceration.
Two cases before the Maryland Court of Appeals are expected to address how the constitutional right to confront witnesses applies to forensic analysts whose conclusions are used as evidence in criminal cases. The cases could have far-reaching consequences in limiting the use of many aspects of forensic science that have been discredited.