National forensic science commission appointed

The U.S. federal government has appointed a high-level national commission on forensic science “to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system” and “to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification.” The commission comes in the wake of numerous crime lab scandals around the country and questions about the scientific validity of many criminalistics techniques.

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One Response to “National forensic science commission appointed”

  1. Gunther Says:

    I think we need to look at other countries’s police labs and see if they have strict standards regarding hiring and training people plus the policies and procedures and science standards of the labs.

    I recall an episode of Law and Order, where the head NYPD lab technician was send to jail because she made the determination that the person was guilty. Lt. Van Buren was the officer that handling that case and she was a sergeant at that time. The case help her get promoted to lieutenant, but at the end of the episode, she was shaken up by what had happen and was wondering how many of her cases were on shaky ground because of the lack of lab standards.

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