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“The Crisis of American Forensics”

The Nation has published a long essay digging into an almost 30-year-old case from Colorado that reveals the problems with some forensic sciences. “What we found was a startling lack of scientific support for forensic pattern-matching techniques such as toolmark analysis; a legal system that has failed to separate nonsense from science even in capital cases; and a consensus among prosecutors all the way up to the attorney general’s office that scientifically dubious forensic techniques should be not only protected, but expanded.” For more, see here.

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