Friday Roundup: Fixing Forensics to Fight Injustice
Innocence Project Co-Director Peter Neufeld testified before Congress this week on the need for federal research, support and oversight to ensure that forensics are based on solid science.
Watch a video of the committee hearing or download Neufeld’s testimony here
Your voice can help bring about forensic reform in the U.S. –
sign the new petition
calling for the creation of a National Institute of Forensic Science and explore the new
Just Science Coalition website
A new story from Reason Magazine examines the role of unreliable bite mark evidence in the wrongful conviction of Ray Krone in Arizona and reports on
a failed “proficiency test”
by Mississippi bite mark examiner Michael West.
An op-ed in the Dallas Morning News this week gave us a glimpse into the thoughts of former prosecutor James Fry as he considers
his role in the wrongful conviction of Charles Chatman
. The experience of seeing Chatman freed, Fry writes, has left him with a resolve to see the system fixed before more innocent people are wrongfully convicted.
A TV news report in Pittsburgh investigated the reliability of eyewitness identification evidence by joining a Duquesne University class for
an unusual experiment
And a British production company announced this week that it is beginning work on
a documentary film
about the wrongful conviction and exoneration of
, who served 21.5 years on Pennsylvania's death row before DNA proved him innocent.
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