Why Do We Still Use ‘Junk Science’ to Convict? Blame the Judges

Despite two hefty federal reports casting doubt on the validity of traditional forensic evidence such as bitemark and hair strand analysis, such questionable science is still used in the courtroom to determine guilt or innocence, according to an Albany Law Review study.

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Double Blind: Preventing Eyewitness Error

About 70 percent of the roughly 350 inmates exonerated by DNA evidence were convicted based in part, or in whole, on eyewitness testimony. A Philadelphia conference explores why witnesses get it wrong so often—and how to fix it.

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Helping Sex Assault Victims Find Justice

Forensic nurses trained to collect DNA and other evidence in rape cases raise the odds of successful prosecutions. But it’s a stressful job—with high turnover.