Thursday, June 30, 2011

LEGAL COMMENTARY: Crime Labs

Earlier in the year, the Supreme Court ruled that if you submit scientific evidence during a trial, the technician or doctor who performed the testing must be made available as a witness to be cross-examined on methods.

Here's some proof as to why that was a good ruling:

NEW YORK -- North Carolina's criminal justice system remains beset by scandal almost a year after an independent audit revealed that state crime lab technicians provided false or misleading test results in 190 cases of murder and other major crimes.

Two men convicted of murder have been freed so far as a result of the misconduct revelations, and dozens of other cases are still under review by prosecutors and defense attorneys.


Increasingly, more and more attention is being made to incorrect convictions. The Better Government Association just put out a report on the high cost of wrongful convictions.

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