Friday, April 1, 2011

Junk Science?

Today, I'm in Raleigh at a seminar called Confronting the Science: Challenging Unreliable Forensic Evidence.  Most people think that forensics is an almost foolproof for determining guilt or innocence.  I had believed it before I started in this job.  But, as with anything, it's only as foolproof as the people who run the tests.

Things like fingerprints and ballistics are generally fairly reliable.  Even DNA matching is becoming more reliable as science progresses.  But once you start talking about blood spatter, handwriting, and tooth patterns (bitemarks), there's huge areas for error.  Drug chemistry is somewhere in the middle, depending on the substance being tested.

So today, I'll be learning where the scientific problems are with these tests are and how to best make sure that my client is protected in this area.

I'm super excited to learn about this stuff today.  I know when I mentioned it on Wednesday, people thought it would be cool.  And I agree, although it's probably not at all what y'all thought.  :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway this weekend before it ends Sunday night!