Report: Forensic Science in Criminal Courts (Sept 2016)

Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit highlights findings from a report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  The Council concluded there are two important gaps

  1. the need for clarity about the scientific standards for the validity and reliability of forensic methods and
  2. the need to evaluate specific forensic methods to determine whether they have been scientifically established to be valid and reliable. 

The Council offers recommendations on actions that could be taken by a variety of interested entities, including the Department of Justice and the FBI. Click here for report.

This Opinion piece“A Wake up Call on the junk science infesting our courtrooms” – sounds an alarm similar to Judge Kozinski’s.  It is written by Harry T. Edwards is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jennifer L. Mnookin is dean of the UCLA School of Law. They serve as co-chairs of the Senior Advisors to the PCAST Working Group.