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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Sangero on Safety in Forensic Science

Boaz Sangero (Sapir Academic College) has posted Safety in Forensic Science (82 Ohio State Law Journal Online 1 (2021)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Using DNA comparisons, the Innocence Project has shown that people are occasionally convicted based on flawed forensic science evidence. A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report determined many areas of forensic science lack sufficient scientific foundation, and the forensic science system does not function properly and must undergo significant changes. These changes should stem from interdisciplinary thinking, a combination of current scientific knowledge, NAS recommendations, and the law, together with advanced safety methods. To minimize the injustice of false convictions based on flawed forensic science evidence, this Article recommends applying the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Process (STAMP) safety model to forensic science evidence and using it in the criminal justice system in general. The Article provides detailed implementation suggestions.

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