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September 22, 2009
If You Catch My Drift: Innocence Project Of Texas Publishes: Dog Scent Lineups A Junk Science Injustice
1. What is "Junk Science"?2. Junk Science in Texas3. Dog Scent EVidence4. Dog Scent Evidence - The Science5. Dog Science Evidence - The Junk6. The Strange and Awful Career of Deputy Keith Pikett7. What Has to Be Done
In case after case, prosecutors have used phony "experts" with little or no training or education, false results from shoddy labs and dubious '"theories" with no basis in fact to get convictions. Taken together, these abusive practices have come to be known as the use of "junk science." The use of this "evidence" is not limited to the courtrooms; law enforcement agencies have come more and more to rely on it in making arrests and getting indictments.
If there is a developing consensus about the use of scent lineups, it comes down to this:
1. Scientific methods have to be used;2. Rules based upon those methods have to be precisely followed;3. Even if proper methods and rules are used the scent lineup has very limited value as "scientific evidence" and cannot be solely relied upon.
[t]he science of scent lineups in Texas has no rules, procedures, or performance standards. It is being practiced by "experts without expertise according to no rules except their own.
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