Press Release | Forensic Science Misconduct: A Dark and Cautionary Tale | @csidds


Don’t expect a “whodunnit” version of CSI victories in this Op-ed blog article about a darker side of the forensic sciences. It is from an author with ample forensic credentials and experience from both within and outside criminal courts of the US. The article has topics ranging from the continued use of outdated or grossly over hyped “CSI” methods, ethical and moral failures in some forensic groups, to the criminal courts inability to understand much of anything about what is “real ” versus self-serving personal opinion called “science.” A measure of proof confirming these systemic problems is the article’s presenting a glimpse into the multi-million dollar costs to taxpayers for damages won by those wrongfully convicted with the help of court-qualified forensic testimony. Some optimism about better scientific scrutiny is presented but the institutional inertia resisting legitimate change in some forensic organizations, government agencies, and criminal  justice institutions is still in the mix. This resistance can take form beyond collegial debate and research, as it also includes political backlash and personal attack.

Dr. Mike Bowers is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is the author of “Forensic Testimony: Law, Science and Forensic Evidence.” Published in 2013.

Read the Op-ed and more.  

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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