A new report details sources of human error in fingerprint analyses, a Texas crime lab files a complaint against another Texas crime lab, and a neuroscientist cautions the public on the use of brain imaging in court. Here’s a roundup of this week’s forensics news:
A new report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institute of Justice
documented potential sources for error
in latent fingerprint analysis and made recommendations for future steps to advance error reduction.
An independent crime lab in Texas filed a complaint against the Austin Police Department crime lab alleging that
drug samples were lost, contaminated or incorrectly classified
, resulting in “significant issues” in three cases.
The Indiana Supreme Court confirmed that in at least five cases where State Department of Toxicology
, the samples did not reveal any of the substances originally reported.
In an opinion piece in Nature magazine, a neuroscientist discusses the
misinterpretation and misapplication of brain imaging technology
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