Anti-Junk Forensic Science bill is now law: Criminal Justice Public Policy Breakthrough in California

Another bad bitemark case, RICHARDSON, leads to new DNA bill in NJ. Targets access iimprovements to cop DNA databases in order to catch the real perps. One-half of all DNA exons have uncovered the true criminal. http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/nj_must_end_the_absurd_bureaucracy_around_dna_testing.html#incart_river

FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law SB 1058 bill. The law permits habeas corpus petitioners (i.e. after a conviction) the ability to contest expert testimony that was presented against them at trial. In other words, experts who either repudiate their past testimony or used forensic “science” that is later deemed faulty by legitimate research are subject to later proceedings reversing a conviction. Personal liabilities of those experts are NOT affected by this amendment to the California Penal Code.

The implications of this advance in criminal justice sidesteps prosecutors’ and judges’ habit of using old case law as an excuse for ignoring habeas corpus appeals expressing new forensic research and attitudes.

 Foundation for this legislation

This bill is a direct response to criminal proceedings involving Williams Richards’ 1997 murder conviction based on bite mark opinions of two ABFO dentists. Both later repudiated their trial testimony in 2008.  There are…

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