Forensic junk science

You will remember the National Academy of Sciences on report on forensic sciences that caused a – temporary – uproar.

The Texas Star-Telegram reports on 11 August 2013:

Across the nation, more than 70 exonerations have involved the improper use of hair sampling — a practice, now considered “junk science,” in which a strand of hair is examined under a miscroscope to identify the people who were at a crime scene.

In February this year the DOJ and NIST announced the formation of a National Commission on Forensic Science.  This will be in addition to and include additional research into the science and reliability of “forensic” evidence already being performed and published by various Scientific Working Groups.  For example, the national standards regarding examination of digital evidence. developed by the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence.


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