News 09.12.08

Friday links: the week behind and the weekend ahead

Crime labs and forensic science continued to make news this week.

The Baltimore Sun ran a

comprehensive story

on the reliability of forensic science and the process of accreditation and oversight across the country.

The Innocence Project and the Mississippi Innocence Project are reviewing hundreds of cases for potential forensic fraud and wrongful conviction, and the

Jackson Clarion-Ledger profiled two death row cases in Forrest County

involving testimony by discredited medical examiner Steven Hayne and forensic dentist Michael West.


CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night will provide an update on an investigation it aired in late 2007 about nearly four decades of faulty ballistic testimony by FBI analysts. Watch the full “60 Minutes” segment

here

.

A

letter to the editor

from a candidate for Attorney General of Vermont responded to an

editorial

in the paper that criticized a bill in the state that would impose mandatory minimums on convicted sex offenders without improving crime lab funding and standards.

And

Chicago officials are seeking to begin collecting DNA profiles

from police officers to eliminate them when testing samples they may have touched, but the police union is opposing the measure.


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