Colorado toxicology lab is under scrutiny by defense lawyers
after a report was recently made public that outlines alleged bias from a supervisor who favored the prosecution and a failed to adequately train lab employees. State officials argue that the problems are limited to the actions of the supervisor rather than affecting the entire crime lab.
can be admitted into court as long as the evidence is retested at a different lab
. Public defenders had argued that the samples could have been contaminated and any retesting would be unreliable.
becoming medical experts and testifying at criminal trials
. Practitioners argue that kinesiology is a reliable science that should be admissible in court. As expert witnesses, kinesiologists can explain how certain injuries occur and help determine if they were inflicted or accidental.
former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) explains how DNA testing can identify errors
in flawed forensic methods. Currently, the FBI is remediating problems with hair analysis and offering DNA testing to ensure there were no wrongful convictions.
is not scientifically accurate.
The trainer explains how the FST does not account for unique circumstances and forces analysts to make a lot of assumptions, which is not the job of a scientist.