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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Forensic Fraud and the ‘Insidious’ Culture of U.S. Courtrooms"

From The Crime Report, via NACDL news scan:

Rigorous rules for pretrial discovery in criminal cases will curb the use of flawed forensic science, and reduce the wrongful convictions arising from the “insidious” prosecutor-dominated culture of American courtrooms, argues a study published in the Northwestern University Law Review.

Criminal justice proceedings, unlike civil and tort trials, too often rely on questionable forensic evidence that is rarely challenged by judges or prosecutors, according to the study.

The study authors suggest the root of the problem is not necessarily individual misconduct by court officers, but the lack of consistent rules that govern the presentation of critical forensic evidence before trial.

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