Baltimore Crime Lab at Center of Negligence Probe

Chairman Mark Conway of the Baltimore City Council’s public safety committee said recent newspaper investigation of the police department crime lab raises “serious questions about [its] internal controls and oversight.” One employee revealed the lab is failing to analyze thousands of pieces of evidence due to its triage approach that focuses on violent crime.


What’s Wrong with Forensic Science? Everything, Says Paper

In the latest challenge to a field that critics call “junk dressed up as scientific analysis,” a Maryland law professor says the widespread misuse of forensic evidence deepens racial bias in the justice system. In a forthcoming paper, she calls for developing a new approach less weighted towards prosecution.


Putting Your Smart Phone on the Witness Stand

Described as the “wild west” of forensics, the digital evidence extracted from mobile phones and other electronic devices is vulnerable to analysts’ unconscious biases that can lead to miscarriages of justice, according to a new study.


Why We Need a National Forensic Science Agency

American courtrooms are hampered by continued reliance on poorly validated and often “junk” forensic science. A new UK law creating a national regulator to set forensic standards might point the way for change, writes a British detective.


When Forensic Evidence Convicts the Innocent

The criminal justice system’s reliance on forensic evidence to determine guilt needs to be re-examined, panelists told a webinar hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. One asserted that forensic evidence should stay out of the courtroom until it is proven reliable.